Category Archives: the Geneology of the Radical

November 26, 2012, 9:28 pm

Tenured Radical Celebrates Cyber Monday…..

…by linking to an interview done with up-and-coming blogger and journalist Zach Schonfeld about student protest and chalking the sidewalks at Zenith University.


June 22, 2011, 5:52 pm

It’s Moving Day: Tenured Radical Migrates To The Chronicle Of Higher Education

Yesterday around cocktail hour the sun was slipping over the virtual mountains when we at Tenured Radical heard the sound of galloping pony hooves.  Sitting on our front porch, surrounded by boxes and half-full L.L. Bean sail bags, we squinted into the  glare and saw that it was Historiann.  “Hellzapoppin!” she yelled, in that instantly recognizable voice that is a cross between Dale Evans and Mary Maples Dunn.  She swung handily over the pommel, skirt barely in place as usual, and dropped her reins (we were impressed to see that cow pony come to an immediate halt, like they do in the movies.)  “I’m getting crazy numbers of  pings from your blog!” she said, as we put a bourbon and branch in her hand.  “When in ‘tarnation were you going to tell me that you were moving?”

Oops.  There is so much going on at chez Radical we had neglected to announce that we are migrating from…

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April 2, 2010, 12:20 am

Thursday’s Fun Facts To Know And Tell

Whoopsie-Daisy! This was so much fun I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but since I can source it in two places, I don’t think so. Here goes.

Ben Smith at Politico reports that a piece of Republican National Committee direct mail designed to look like the Census went out as a fundraiser. Unlike the Census, however, it contained a telephone number that led callers to a phone sex line. “‘The number in question was a typographical error by a vendor used on this particular mailer — using 1-800 instead of 202,’ said RNC Communications Director Doug Heye,” quoted in Smith’s piece.

Been there, done that — except in my case it was a link assigned by Tiny that took my Twitter followers to a German amateur porn site instead of my blog. I still use Tiny, but now I check the url before I tweet. I recommend that the RNC follow this practice (try calling the number, for example, to see…

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May 2, 2008, 11:33 am

Charles Tilly, May 20, 1929 – April 29, 2008

I just learned today that historian and sociologist Charles Tilly died on April 29, 2008, of lymphoma. He was 78 years old and will be greatly missed.

Chuck was one of the great intellects of our time: as importantly, he was endlessly excited about ideas, a scholar who was an indefatigable teacher, a man who not only taught you how to do history, but encouraged you to find your own new ways to do it. While I wouldn’t call him a radical (because it is too reductive — he was so much more than that), he was the exact opposite of a conservative, an interdisciplinary thinker who believed that knowledge production could evolve as fast as the human mind could accomodate new paradigms and new ideas. He encouraged his students to find new things to think about, but more importantly, to find new ways to think. As a teacher he was generous to a fault, and he had a quiet but firm disdain for…

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