January 11, 2008
Big Brains, Small Impact
20 years ago, the author chided his peers for their academic insularity. They roared in outrage. Of course, no one heard them.
Twenty years ago, I published The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe, which put into circulation the term "public intellectual." I offered a generational explanation for what I saw as the eclipse of younger intellectuals. Why in 1987 had the same intellectuals dominated for more than 20 years, with few new faces among them? Why was it