June 13, 2008
Paul Piccone: Outside Academe
After being denied tenure, the fearless thinker built a legacy in American letters
"Do you think that, year after year, you will be able to stand seeing one mediocrity after another promoted over you and still not become embittered and dejected?"
The great German sociologist Max Weber put this question to those contemplating an academic career. He also answered it. In his experience, "very few" can witness these blows without suffering "inner damage."
That was 1919. Much