Category Archives: the New York Times

September 8, 2013, 11:18 am

Your Weekly Radical Reader: Shorts From Around The Web


My current favorite shorts are being worn by Rafa out in Queens.

There’s a lot sitting on our desk at Tenured Radical, each item of which deserves its own post.  But since we will be away much of the week doing research at Cornell and hanging with the History Department (Thursday, September 12, Guerlac Room in the Andrew White House, at 4:30), there may not be much attention to bloggy biz. So, without further ado, our news shorts include:

The University Without Students!  If you read this week’s New Yorker puff piece on John Sexton, the president of New York University, you will realize that the future is now. The role of universities is to provide real estate for executives and law school faculty, conduct high-level negotiations with dictatorships, and move as many students abroad as possible where they can …

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September 12, 2010, 12:59 pm

If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them: The Lessons We Learn From Newspaper Delivery

I did something this morning that I rarely do: I complained about a service. At school, I almost never complain when someone in a staff or administrative position drops the ball. I am far more likely to go straight to them, if the thing was important, and say “Hey, what can I do differently next time to make sure this doesn’t happen again in this way?” Such an encounter sometimes results in useful information about what I can do differently; other times it results in the person apologizing for whatever didn’t get done and taking note of it for the future.

The least productive thing to do is to keep things to myself and fume, doing things I shouldn’t have to do to make sure they happen, harboring a grievance, feeling hard done by, and coming to believe that I am ill-served and underprivileged. My experience is that this usually ends with me having a fit about something that might…

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January 27, 2009, 1:46 pm

Another One Bites The Dust

Richard Perez-Pena* reports in today’s New York Times that conservative columnist William Kristol, by mutual agreement with the paper, will not be renewing his one year contract as a columnist for the Op-Ed page. Kristol will be writing for the Washington Post and contributing to its blog, Post Partisan. Note to the Post, where the Radical’s old buddy from Oligarch OCD days, Ruth Marcus is holding down the fort: this is almost as cute a name as Tenured Radical. But not quite.

Ah Bill, we hardly knew ye. But Kristol could not have been happy at the Times. It’s one thing to see your hideous little political world go down in flames, but quite another to be surrounded by a bunch of insanely happy liberals while it is happening. Perhaps because of constant liberal crowing, Kristol has seemed increasingly delusional since the Obama candidacy became an actual presidency. In yesterday’s

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