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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

The poverty of ideas in South Africa

I was forwarded the PR for a new book–edited by William Gumede (author of a recent book on Thabo Mbeki) and Leslie Dikeni (brother of poet Sandile)–on South African intellectual culture. I don’t have more information except that it appears to focus on the Thabo Mbeki era, a period characterized by virulent anti-intellectualism. Dikeni’s chapter

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Edward Said. Giant Intellectual

One of my favorite quotes is this line said by Edward Said, intellectual and Palestinian, in an interview with Tariq Ali in 1994: “I’ve never felt myself to belong to any establishment of any kind, any mainstream. I’m interested in...

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

THE STATE OF THE LEFT (IN AMERICA)

I live here, so have to dream. Economist and journalist Doug Henwood (who runs a syndicated radio show, “Left Business Observer”) interviewed one of my favorite left intellectuals, Adolph Reed Jnr., about “The State of the Left...