The Ronell case that’s currently attracting headlines is rather bizarre, but it has some deep roots—and those I have something to say about. Read NYT columnist Ginia Bellafante’s take here.
If you were following me (I mean, physically following me) and wondering why I kept driving to Princeton during this past fall and spring, it was to teach a professional development seminar, “American Higher Education: History and Challenges,” to a core group of graduate students there, together with various faculty and administrators who also attended.
The Princeton Graduate School reported on it here.
(Also, I suggest you try following me on twitter instead. It burns less gas.)
And so it appears that I appear on March 28th at the The Actors Company Theater after an amusing theater production called Three Wise Guys which is based on the writings of Damon Runyon to do what is called a talkback after the show. I am not in the habit of engaging in such manner of activities, but I have no doubt that all of the citizens on hand have a good time. If you like to be one of them, you look here for further details.
It’s possible for a person to live a whole life without being attacked in Commentary magazine. Not me, though. I’m just glad they’re reading. Here’s what happens when they do.
Take note: Weronika Pawlak, a translator at Jagiellonian University in Poland, has just published this translation into Swedish of an interview with me that was originally published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
In a treat for my many Danish readers, the translator Mille Eriksen has translated a page from this site. Read all about Hard-Boiled Sentimentality in Danish here.
Dan Schneider, the founder of the “Cosmoetica” interview show talks to me and my old friend Jay Williams about Jack London, an author I’ve taught and have written for many years. Watch it here.
Jeff Selingo, one of the more astute observers of the American higher ed scene, turns his eye to graduate school in his December 4th column. I and my book figure heavily in his assessment.
In no time I’m becoming a podcast veteran. Marco Altmirano, the entrepreneurial PhD who founded GradSquare.com, did this nice one with me in November.
The University of Pittsburgh has designated this year as “Year of the Humanities.” My visit last month was one of the events that will mark the year, and while I was there, Dan Kubis, a Pitt PhD who works in the provost’s office there, conducted a podcast interview with me that was recently edited and posted. I thought Dan did a great job; he pointed some things out to me about my work that I wasn’t fully aware of myself.
I’m used to seeing my name in the Chronicle of Higher Education, but as the writer, not the subject of someone else’s article. The table is turned here.
Here’http://bit.ly/20s9VNT is an interview with me about The Graduate School Mess by journalist (and recent PhD) Freddie DeBoer. I read it and think it fascinating from start to breathless finish.
Long time listener, first time guest: me on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the New York NPR show. Listen here.
The Graduate School Mess has now taken me into the world of twenty-first century broadcasting with my first podcast, on the New Books Network. It was fun to make this; my interviewer, Marshall Poe, the head of the network, knows his business. To listen, follow this link.
I try to act, you know, blase and all like a professional author, when I get publicity. But I must admit that it’s pretty cool to have my book excerpted in Salon.com.
In which “ The Graduate School Mess gets its day in The Atlantic, a magazine I actually subscribe to.
Inside Higher Ed has reviewed The Graduate School Mess. The reporter also interviewed me. Read all about it here.
I continue to be hounded by the fourth estate, but somehow I bear up under the harsh glare of their scrutiny. This time they pinned me down under a video camera too. Check it all out here.
I wasn’t expecting to see my own byline in Fortune Magazine, even via reprint, but if you live long enough, anything can happen. Click here and you’ll see it too.
So here I am on Fox TV’s New York morning show talking about Harper Lee’s new novel without the benefit of having read it. (Fortunately, no one else had either—it won’t be released till tomorrow.)
The Graduate School Mess: What Caused It and How We Can Fix It is on its way. Harvard University Press will publish it in September, and I will journey to the source to officially launch the book at a Friday Forum sponsored by the Harvard Bookstore. Time: 3 pm.
Place: The Harvard Bookstore. Details here.
So I won a mentoring award from the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools. Now the press is hounding me, as you can see here.
(Thanks to Fordham’s graduate dean, Eva Badowska, for nominating me, and to James Van Wyck for helping to coordinate the nomination. And to my wonderful graduate students, past and present.)
My PhD student, James Van Wyck, has curated an exhibition on American evangelical fiction at Drew University. I showed up for the opening to celebrate James’s impressive achievement. Coverage here.
Hard-nosed investigation of NYC’s Leading Professors, under which I bear up somehow.
I write about myself all the time, but in the service of larger aims. This one is just about my experience: the essay is called I Just Wanted to Hear Your Voice.
Who knew that the first daily newspaper to publish my picture would be the Wall Street Journal? I was invited to write one of their “5 Best” columns; my subject was “tough guys.”
Read it here, or download a PDF.
I will admit that I resisted tweeting, and will also admit that after a couple of months at it, I like certain aspects of it. Follow me and see if I’m doing a decent job of it: @LCassuto.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to this part of the site since I’m not sure what counts as “news.” I write a column for the Chronicle of Higher Education almost every month, so it doesn’t feel newsworthy to me when one of those comes out (and they may be found on the “Other Writing” part of this site right after they appear on the Chronicle’s).
But some writing of mine is more occasional, so I’ve decided to proclaim it “news.” The latest such news is this essay on Edith Wharton’s The Custom of the Country that appeared in The Wall Street Journal.
The research for this article on Woody Guthrie didn’t quite take me from California to the New York Island, but it came close: I roamed and rambled from Brooklyn to Oklahoma, and had a thoroughly great time doing so. The piece was subsequently picked up by Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Beast and The Utne Reader.
The Cambridge Companion to Baseball just won the award for Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sports Historians (NASSH)! The editors would like to congratulate and thank all of the contributors for their great work.
I really don’t know how much longer I can stand this incessant probing.
The Korean translation of Hard-Boiled Sentimentality has been published by Mujintree Press. My delight is undiminished by my inability to read my own name on the cover.
The first review of The Cambridge History of the American Novel appeared in The Wall Street Journal. It was an extravagant attack by the conservative commentator Joseph Epstein, who described it as the work of “barbarians.” (You can read it here.)
The barbarians remain grateful for the attention. We’ve used the opportunity to respond at length. First to the mattresses was my coeditor Ben Reiss, who wrote this piece in Slate. The following week, my own essay appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Read these all together and then I dare you to tell me that the culture wars are over.
My essay on baseball and American innocence has been translated into Ukranian here.
My talk at BC in April was captured on video. You can watch it here.
Here also is a link to an interview of me on Rochester’s NPR station by baseball aficionado Curt Smith. The focus is The Cambridge Companion to Baseball.
With two new books (The Cambridge Companion to Baseball, The Cambridge History of the American Novel) coming out this spring, I’ll be appearing often to talk about them. For details see the “Appearances” section of this site.
Years in the making and now upon us with as much fanfare as Cambridge University Press can muster, The Cambridge Companion to Baseball is the most concentrated baseball book ever: a medium-sized book that contains everything you’d ever need to know about baseball. No less an authority than Jim Bouton (my own nominee for greatest baseball writer, ever) calls it “the perfect companion,” and if you disagree with him I’ll have to ask you to step outside.
Official publication date of The Cambridge Companion to Baseball is April 7th, but you can order it now from the homepage of this website.
This interview with me ran in Idiom art magazine on October 5th.
Follow this link to some intramural Fordham coverage.
Two art exhibitions have lately grown out of a course on captivity literature that I devised in 2007. “The Art of Captivity, Part One,” which marks my art curating debut, will open to the public on September 22nd at Fordham University’s Center Gallery in the lobby of the Loewenstein Building at 113 West 60th Street. (It’s free.) I’ll be leading a formal opening and panel discussion featuring some of the artists in the exhibition on Tuesday, October 5th at 6 pm. The exhibition runs until October 28th.
The second exhibition, “The Art of Captivity, Part 2,” will open on October 26th at the Susan Eley Fine Art Gallery (46 West 90th St., 2nd Floor), and will run until December 3rd.
For information about both exhibitions, including images of the artwork, go here. A downloadable exhibition catalogue is in the late stages of preparation. I’ll post another news item when it’s ready.
I’ll be teaching two courses related to the exhibit this fall.
So one thing led to another the past couple of days until I found myself on the Today Show this morning. Here is the clip:
I’ll be a keynote speaker at a conference in Aarhus, Denmark, on “Emotion, Media, and Crime.” Read more about the conference here.
I just posted a handful of 2010 events in the “appearances” section of the site.
I’ve updated the appearances section of this site with details of various engagements this fall.
Well, the Edgar Award went to another book last week (dang), but nominations spring eternal (I hope). Mystery Readers International just nominated Hard-Boiled Sentimentality for a Macavity Award in the Nonfiction/Critical category. The details are here. The Macavity Awards will be given out at Bouchercon in October.
I’m scheduled for some new appearances in the next few months in New York and Boston. Also, check out the “Other Writing” page for some new additions, including my sportswriting debut.
BBC Radio 4 aired its documentary on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley character yesterday, February 28th. I’m one of interviewees on the program (or should I say, programme). You can listen to it on the BBC site until next Saturday, March 7th.
I’ll be appearing in a radio documentary on Patricia Highsmith that’s being produced by BBC Radio 4 for airing on February 28th at 10:30 a.m. UK time. You can listen from the BBC Radio 4 website. Further details soon.
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality was nominated today for an Edgar Award in the Critical/Biographical category by the Mystery Writers of America. See the full list of Edgar nominees here. The awards banquet is on April 30, 2009.
Here’s columnist Sarah Weinman’s list
I’ll be appearing on WFUV’s Fordham Conversations program this Saturday, November 15th, talking about Hard-Boiled Sentimentality. The program airs at 7 a.m. In the unlikely event that you miss it, it will be archived here. Here’s the podcast.
I’ve been on the program twice before, talking about freak shows and the current state of the university; you can look those programs up in the archives as well.
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