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The American Scholar: Start a Blog - William Deresiewicz
"As Jack Miles puts it in a stellar essay on the question, “It takes years of disciplined preparation to become an academic. It takes years of undisciplined preparation to become an intellectual.”"

"But celebrity, like the institutionalization that comes with being an academic, is inimical to the intellectual’s mission: questioning the mental status quo. The more a part of things you are—the more embedded in the machinery of status and position—the harder that is to do. As Kazin said, “values are our only home in the universe.” Allegiances, to any group, are fatal. The intellectual’s job is to think past the culture: to question the myths, metaphors, and assumptions that limit our collective imagination. The founder of the breed was Socrates. As Kazin also said, an intellectual is someone for whom ideas are “instruments of salvation.” Becoming one requires a little more than setting up a blog."
disruption  status  celebrity  russelljacoby  academics  academia  intellectuals  socrates  deschooling  unschooling  outsiders  thesystem  jackmiles  writing  alfredkazin  haroldrosenberg  clementgreenberg  dwightmacdonald  lioneltrilling  edmundwilson  blogging  publicintellectuals  williamderesiewicz  2012  change  allegiances  outsider 
december 2012 by robertogreco
The novelist in wartime | Salon Books
"There are a few days in the year when I do not engage in telling lies & today happens to be one of them...Between a high, solid wall & an egg that breaks against it, I will always stand on the side of the egg." Yes, no matter how right the wall may be & how wrong the egg, I will stand with the egg. Someone else will have to decide what is right & wrong; perhaps time or history will decide. If there were a novelist who, for whatever reason, wrote works standing w/ the wall, of what value would such works be?...I have only one reason to write novels, and that is to bring the dignity of the individual soul to the surface and shine a light upon it...Take a moment to think about this. Each of us possesses a tangible, living soul. The System has no such thing. We must not allow the System to exploit us. We must not allow the System to take on a life of its own. The System did not make us: We made the System. That is all I have to say to you."
harukimurakami  ethics  culture  politics  israel  writing  literature  war  truth  society  thesystem  humanity 
february 2009 by robertogreco

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