Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dirks: "...so many intellectuals don’t want to take on the sort of complications and impurities that come with being public.”

"Battle ready"..."purity"
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"The politician Dirks has spent the most time with is his new boss, the Governor. “When I first met Jerry Brown, he was making hay on questions from executive compensation to online education,” says Dirks. (Brown had voted against increasing the chancellor’s pay by $50,000, even though the raise was coming from private donors.) But since then Brown has been reading Dirks’s books “and we have had these long conversations about caste, about hierarchy, about social theory.” While Brown, he adds, is fascinated by some of the academic superstars whose work he doesn’t necessarily understand or appreciate, he’s really interested in the relationship between ideas and celebrity.

There are a number of ways you could read that sentence, but Dirks seems essentially to be a fan of the Governor’s, at least so far. “He’s unusual; you don’t see political people like that.”

Dirks has obviously been thinking a bit about this public persona."
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The title of the article: "Administering Change"
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just sad

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