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August 4, 2010
"The American Intellectual Elite" [ref]
was reviewed in Time magazine
back in 1974, by R.Z. Sheppard
Sheppard commented on the high
placement of Robert Silvers,
the editor of the New York
Review of Books:
"Silvers is an able editor but an
infrequent writer; it must be assumed I don't doubt Sheppard
that his ranking at the top [...] is called this right,
due to a power not unlike that of the though if you wanted
maitre d' of an exclusive restaurant." to, you could argue
that being an editor
It's interesting though that is an intellectual art
this was a ranking based on all of it's own.
There couldn't have been any
direct attempt at currying EDITED_REALITY
A kind of Stockholm Syndrome:
sincerely taking the side of
Sheppard makes the point that
these are not really "leading"
or "influential" figures:
"The direct power of Kadushin's
intellectuals seems limited mainly It's a problem...
to the ability to enhance or
diminish each other's reputations." One suspects that
There's quite a gap though.
between that view,
and Jacoby's A picture has emerged
"transmission belt in the intervening
of culture". decades of the ideas
LAST_INTELLECTUALS gradually percolating
into the mass consciousness,
becoming a kind of menu
of possible responses.
If one side "fails",
then you look at
the other side.
And what are those
sides? What do
they stand for?
get to decide that,
usually long before
they become public
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