LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
School for pundits/Animal autobiography/Medieval gender wars, and more
Loony Marxists/Bathing beauties/Soviet shopping
A Secret History of the Sexual Revolution
Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reichs unorthodox ideasabout character armor, fascism, and the importance of the orgasminspired American writers from Saul Bellow to William Burroughs and gave unbridled eroticism its most fervent defense. Reich believed he had unlocked the mysteries of the universe. But today his name is all but forgotten. A reexamination of the life and legacy of a self-declared prophet.
BY HAL COHEN
The Shock of the Old
In 1993 a handful of disgruntled scholars founded the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics to reclaim the study of literature from political correctness and poststructuralism. Is the ALSC a book club for genteel amateurs or a cabal of rabid reactionaries? Or does it represent a long overdue effort to inject the pleasures of reading into academic criticism?
BY CALEB CRAIN
The Passion of Roberto Unger
For decades, Harvard law professor Roberto Unger burned the midnight oil, composing dense volumes of political theory. Now, he has abandoned the classroom to take his vision of social transformationa fusion of Christian romanticism, Max Weber, and the Marquis de Sadeto the slums of his native Brazil. Can Ungers idiosyncratic ideas save the country from neoliberal orthodoxyand economic collapse?
BY EYAL PRESS
My First Intellectual
At seventeen, Mark Edmundson was a bored football player looking forward to a life in the military or on the local assembly line. Then an eccentric, idealistic young Harvard grad came to teach philosophy at Medford High School, and everything changed.
BY MARK EDMUNDSON
Jim Holt listens to the voices in your head.