Woody Who Never Left Us

Woody Guthrie towered over us Baby Boomers. The sticker on his guitar, “This machine kills fascists,” underpinned our idealism and our activism. Our own ‘troubadours,’ the likes of Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs,… Continue reading

The “New Civics” in Action

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
BY AARON BARLOW In an opinion piece published by The New York Times, Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, writes: American colleges and universities, public and private, are…

Embracing the “New Civics”

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
BY AARON BARLOW Two great failings of the American professoriate are timidity and self-righteousness. Casting about to orient myself in my new calling a decade or so ago,…

“Quick, Henry, the Flit!”: A Review of Jarett Kobek’s I Hate the Internet

Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon first appeared as a serialization in Black Mask magazine, starting in September, 1929. One of the best-known advertising catch phrases of the time (it had debuted in 1928)… Continue reading

Who Can Save Journalism?

What’s happening to our discourse? Have we abandoned all common assumptions simply for the sake of opposition? The ‘he said, she said’ that has been at the center of much journalism for the… Continue reading

From Under Trump’s “Landslide”

This short book of mine, some 60,000 words, is based on posts published here, on Salon, ePluribus Media, and the Academe blog over the past 18 months. There are 25 chapters (from 24 posts) along with… Continue reading

Why Monica (Crowley) Matters

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
BY AARON BARLOW Questions of ‘intellectual property’—oh, how I hate that term—continue to plague us in this new digital age, and in ways never contemplated when patents and…

When “Liberal” Becomes a Euphemism for a Race

We really do have two cultures in the United States. Actually, we’ve many more. But we have two that are dominated by European-Americans of Christian ancestry and they happen to be the biggest… Continue reading


In the Afterword to The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Enduring American Myth, I quote the character Lonesome Rhodes (played by Andy Griffith) in the 1957 Elia Kazan movie A Face… Continue reading

From Alexander Woollcott to “Fake News”

Where does today’s ‘fake news’ come from? There is no simple answer, but part of it can be traced to the development of journalistic practices and ethics over the course of the 20th… Continue reading