Criticism

Of Interest

Henry Farrell at Crooked Timber links to an article at the Economist about business books, schools, and management theories. I’ve been interested in business innovation while examining the whole problem of creativity. Tom Peters started the whole mess when he wrote In Search of Excellence Timothy Burke on male-female conversation So what do we do to acknowledge or deal with the validity of the complaint against some men in specific and against masculine privilege in general?

A.S. Byatt on Harry Potter

A.S. Byatt is one of my favorite writers. Initially I was disappointed to see an article in the New York Times entitled “Harry Potter and the Childish Adult” because I expected another of the long line of complaints about science fiction and fantasy taking us away from the concerns of the real world and denying us the pleasure of real fiction. Her critique skirts the territory that rejects fantasy but redeems itself by praising a few good fantasy writers such as Terry Pratchett and Ursula K.