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Think in Public: A Public Books Reader

by Sharon Marcus and Caitlin Zaloom Columbia University Press
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Since 2012, Public Books has championed a new kind of community for intellectual engagement, discussion, and action. An online magazine that unites the best of the university with the openness of the internet, Public Books is where new ideas are debuted, old facts revived, and dangerous illusions dismantled. Here, young scholars present fresh thinking to audiences outside the academy, accomplished authors weigh in on timely issues, and a wide range of readers encounter the most vital academic insights and explore what they mean for the world at large.

Think in Public: A Public Books Reader presents a selection of inspiring essays that exemplify the magazine's distinctive approach to public scholarship. Gathered here are Public Books contributions from today's leading thinkers, including Jill Lepore, Imani Perry, Kim Phillips-Fein, Salamishah Tillet, Jeremy Adelman, Nathan Connolly, Namwali Serpell, and Ursula K. Le Guin. The result is a guide to the most exciting contemporary ideas about literature, politics, economics, history, race, capitalism, gender, technology, and climate change by writers and researchers pushing public debate about these topics in new directions. Think in Public is a lodestone for a rising generation of public scholars and a testament to the power of knowledge.

Introduction, by Sharon Marcus and Caitlin ZaloomPart I. Ask in PublicOn Accelerationism, by Fred TurnerJustice for Data Janitors, by Lilly IraniAnthropocene and Empire, by Stacey BalkanChanging Climates of History, by J. R. McNeillThe Year of Black Memoir, by Imani PerryPop Justice, by Frances Negrón-MuntanerA Black Power Method, by N. D. B. ConnollySoft Atheism, by Matthew EngelkeWhere Do Morals Come From?, by Philip GorskiThe Alchemy of Finance, by Kim Phillips-FeinHow Gentrifiers Gentrify, by Max HolleranSyria's Wartime Famine at 100: “Martyrs of the Grassa, by Najwa al-QattanThe Mortal Marx, by Jeremy AdelmanWho Segregated America?, by Destin JenkinsThe Invention of the “White Working Classa, by Andrew J. PerrinGoing Deep: Baseball and Philosophy, by Kieran SetiyaThe World Silicon Valley Made, by Shannon MatternPart II. Think in PublicJill Lepore on the Challenge of Explaining Things: An Interview, by B. R. CohenJames Baldwin's Istanbul, by Suzy HansenWhen Stuart Hall Was White, by James VernonAn Interview with Former Black Panther Lynn French , by Salamishah TilletBlack Intellectuals and White Audiences, by Matthew ClairCan There Be a Feminist World?, by Gayatri Chakravorty SpivakThe Story's Where I Go: An Interview with Ursula K. Le Guin, by John PlotzThinking Critically About Critical Thinking, by Christopher SchabergIf You're Woke You Dig It: William Melvin Kelley, by Eli RosenblattTranslating the Untranslatable: An Interview with Barbara Cassin, by Rebecca L. WalkowitzMy Neighbor Octavia, by Sheila LimingStop Defending the Humanities, by Simon DuringPainting While Shackled to a Floor, by Nicole R. FleetwoodPart III. Read in PublicTo Translate Is to Betray: On Elena Ferrante, by Rebecca FalkoffWhat Global English Means for World Literature, by Haruo ShiraneThe Stranger's Voice, by Karl Ashoka BrittoCan't Stop Screaming, by Judith ButlerThe Model-Minority Bubble, by Joseph Jonghyun JeonFree Is and Free Ain't, by Salamishah TilletThe Mixed-Up Kids of Mrs. E. L. Konigsburg, by Marah GubarIn the Great Green Room: Margaret Wise Brown and Modernism, by Anne E. FernaldAfrofuturism: Everything and Nothing, by Namwali SerpellChick Lit Meets the Avant-Garde, by Tess McNultyFeeling Like the Internet, by Mark McGurl The People v. O. J. Simpson as Historical Fiction, by Nicholas DamesKafka: The Impossible Biography, by Jan MieszkowskiShirley Jackson's Two Worlds, by Karen DunakReading to Children to Save Ourselves, by Daegan MillerList of Contributors

This book is a call to arms. We must tear down the ivory tower, discard attachments to credentials and prestige, and share ideas across borders, disciplines, and party lines. Think in Public does just this, engaging readers in conversations between today's top scholars, the works that inspire them, and the watershed issues of our day.
Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London(California, 1999) and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton, 2007), and Editor-in-Chief of Public Books. Caitlin Zaloom is an associate professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and a senior fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. She is the author of Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London(Chicago, 2006) and Editor-in-Chief of Public Books.