My piece about Vivian Gornick's essay collection The Men in My Life is compact, like the book itself....

Meanwhile in other news, Inside Higher Ed has redesigned its website. The growth of IHE over the past four years has been remarkable, and no doubt this is just the beginning; it could reach a million readers a month before long.

There's a new page for Intellectual Affairs. At some point it will include a section of selected columns. The photo credit there should go to Rita, who otherwise focuses on documenting our cats.  
February 23, 2009 12:33 PM | | Comments (4)



I see you've taken the lid high and tight, but when I click on your gif-pic on the Views page (IE6/XP) nuthin happens. Going there direct is OK, but a _more_ click at the bottom of the list to further articles would have been a whole lot better than the archiving by month. Teething problems I'm hoping, gritting them comes later ...

Any chance of an RSS feed for your IA columns?

Good points, both of you, and I will bring them up with the Powers That Be once the dust has cleared. I've certainly wanted an RSS for the column for a while and will be pushing for it.

About 20 years ago, when I was writing a biography of Joe Zuken (probably the most successful Communist politician in North American history: two decades on Winnipeg school board, two decades on Winnipeg City Council, retiring in the early 1980s) I read Vivian Gornick's book on American Communism, which gave me a sense of how a grown-up writer treated the subject. Earlier this year I read approach eye level, which made me realize that compared to Gornick not only do I write like a slug, but apparently have the interior life of a potato. I was not surprised to discover that a book by her called The men in my life should win an award for criticism. (I attempted to send this as an email, but was defeated by your security system--it appears to be fearsome.)

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