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March 10, 2008

My Posse Got Velocity

Over the weekend, The Guardian presented a list of "The world's 50 most powerful blogs" -- one of which, coming in at number 33, does sound rather familiar:

With a title pulled from Immanuel Kant's famous statement that 'out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made', it's an amalgam of academic and political writing that has muscled its way into the epicentre of intelligent discussion since its conception in 2003. Formed as an internet supergroup, pulling several popular intellectual blogs together, Crooked Timber now has 16 members - largely academics - across the US, Europe, Australia and Asia. The site has built itself a reputation as something of an intellectual powerhouse; a sort of global philosophical thinktank conducted via blog.

We must try to remember to use our powers only for good. I do take some pride in being among the non-academics in the crew.

Posted by smclemee at March 10, 2008 8:50 PM


well ... your pride
is justified. but.
you're much *more* of
an academic than, for
example, anybody in
the department that
employs me ...
the academy is the
"church of reason"
(not the "center for
workforce development" ...
they've got a building
on this campus with
that stalinoid name
written right on its face ...).
long live QS.

Posted by: Anonymous at March 14, 2008 11:57 AM

Thank you, masked stranger!

I really like the old expression for the university that Paul Goodman used to cite: "the community of scholars." It was a medieval notion, more or less, and already hopelessly inappropriate to the system Goodman was complaining about almost 50 years ago.

Posted by: Scott McLemee at March 14, 2008 12:18 PM