“Sharing just a list of books, he feared, “feels like a shortcut—like throwing out Sterling from the NBA.””

Salon shares the syllabi of two MIT classes held by Junot Diaz, and asked him about diversity in his classes, after he criticized MFA programs for being too white. For him, it is more about the approach of teaching then about taught texts, but the list isn’t too bad either.

My intention is to make a contribution to the sociology of intellectual production, […] as well as to analysis of fetishism and magic. There too, you might say, “But why not go and study magic in "primitive” societies, rather than in the Paris fashion scene?“ I think that one of the functions of ethnological discourse …

//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/aV0S_PRVTg0 Archie Powell & The Exports “Only So Much You Can Do” I discovered this song on the NPR Music SXSW 100, and it’s my new thesis writing anthem. So you say you’re on to something and you’d like to see it through but you’re worked to the bone and there’s only so much you …

Intellectual life, like all other social spaces, is a home to nationalism and imperialism, and intellectuals, like everyone else, constantly peddle prejudices, stereotypes, received ideas, and hastily simplistic representations which are fueled by the chance happenings of everyday life, like misunderstandings, general incomprehension, and wounded pride. Pierre Bourdieu. “The Social Conditions of the International Circulation …