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Mark Bauerlein is Senior Editor at First Things and Professor of English at Emory University, where he has taught since earning his PhD in English at UCLA in 1989. For two years (2003-05) he served as Director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. His books include Literary Criticism: An Autopsy (1997), The Pragmatic Mind: Explorations in the Psychology of Belief (1997), and The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (2008). His essays have appeared in PMLA, Partisan Review, Wilson Quarterly, Commentary, and New Criterion, and his commentaries and reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Weekly Standard, The Guardian, Chronicle of Higher Education, and other national periodicals.en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)email@example.com (The Editors)Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:24:02 -0400https://d25wp47b6tla3u.cloudfront.net/img/favicon-196.pngFirst Things RSS Feed Image
60The Gioia Effecthttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/the-gioia-effect
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 08:00:00 -0400If you have attended many poetry readings, you know how often they turn out to be flat and pedestrian affairs. A figure at the podium recites lines from compositions published and unpublished, and otherwise doesn’t have much to say. You hear a bit of biographical context for this or that specimen, or something about how a fan or critic responded to the verse, or perhaps a reflection by the poet upon how successful the poem is in one way or another.
David Frum's Memoryhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/david-frums-memory
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:55:00 -0400If you need a reason for why a fair portion of conservative voters were disenchanted enough with the Republican Establishment to head over to Donald Trump's place, take a look at the final paragraph of David Frum's cover
in the September issue of
, “Is It 1968?”
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0400It’s tough to be a Martin Luther King liberal. All his life he has believed that bias ends when we recognize people as unique individuals, not group representatives. He will talk about groups in big terms, the “black vote” and “equal pay for women,” but he knows that equality comes down to person-to-person contact in daily affairs, and there he takes everyone as distinct. Each encounter starts from scratch. If he’s a white man having lunch and a black waitress serves him, her race and sex register as physical attributes—that’s all. That’s the classical liberal’s first condition.
]]>The Unpopular Popular Humanitieshttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/the-unpopular-popular-humanities
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:30:00 -0400Many years ago, a distinguished English professor and department chairman at an Ivy League school told me a story that proved that the decline of the humanities was certain.
]]>The Dishonest Capitulation of Michael Gersonhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/the-dishonest-capitulation-of-michael-gerson
Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400Anyone who hasn't seen the recent writings of one Publius Decius Mus should stop reading right now and click
. You will find a powerful indictment of the conservative political movement of the last thirty years, written by someone who adheres to conservative principles (or perhaps we should say “dispositions”).
]]>The Roster of Stigmahttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/the-roster-of-stigma
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:55:00 -0400Hillary Clinton's slip at a New York fundraiser has been declared by some as equal to Mitt Romney's “47 percent” catastrophe four years ago. David Goldman has
that we will look back on the campaign several months from now and think, “The presidential election was over the moment the word ‘deplorable’ made its run out of Hillary Clinton's unguarded mouth.”
]]>Who Are the Campus Custodians?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/who-are-the-campus-custodians
Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:10:00 -0400Last year’s student protests were deplored and ridiculed by off-campus commentators across the political spectrum (see
from Bill O’Reilly,
from Bill Maher, and
from Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff). Even President Obama has
students for running away from people whose ideas don't match their own.
]]>Final Advice for the Untenured Conservative Humanisthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/07/final-advice-for-the-untenured-conservative-humanist
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0400This is the third and final installment of an advice column for religious and social conservatives preparing for the three parts of tenure review in the humanities: RESEARCH, TEACHING, and SERVICE.
]]>More Advice For the Untenured Conservative Humanisthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/more-advice-for-the-untenured-conservative-humanist
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:05:00 -0400This is the second installment of an advice column for religious and social conservatives preparing for the three parts of tenure review in the humanities: RESEARCH, TEACHING, and SERVICE. The first column, on RESEARCH, may be found here.
]]>Some AdviceFor the Untenured Conservative Humanisthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/some-advicefor-the-untenured-conservative-humanist
Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400On paper, tenure recommendations for humanities professors have three parts: research, teaching, service. That's what the faculty handbook says at research institutions—though everyone knows that research counts more than the other two combined. Weak teaching and delinquent service won't disqualify you if you've compiled a superb research record. A poor research record will scuttle you even if you have three teaching awards and ten committees in your academic bio.