* If you, like me, have wondered why legacy publishing seems to be dying, and why fiction seems to be so anemic right now, this article, if true, shows why. Everything about it, from its implicit (or maybe explicit?) racism to its smarmy, dismissive assertions, demonstrates what I wrote about in “The death of literary culture.”
* “Professors Need the Power to Fire Diversity Bureaucrats: Scholars should drive out overzealous administrators, not vice versa.” Good luck. College accreditors also inhibit the entry of new competitors, which may explain some of the challenges seen in higher education. In many sclerotic parts of the economy, regulators are at work, maintaining sclerosis.
* “‘A Real Chilling Effect’: A Lefty Scholar is Dumping the Center for American Progress (CAP).” On Ruy Teixeira, and the author says:
Teixeira’s bill of complaints will be a familiar one for many who have followed the internal battles of the left over the past half-decade, or spent an afternoon on left-wing Twitter. Politically, as a strategist, he thinks the Democrats need to win culturally moderate voters if they’re going to ever create the kind of coalition that can get their policies enacted. And personally, as an employee, he’s none too fond of the institutional dynamics that he says are driven by younger staff but embraced by higher-ups afraid of a public blow-up.
* “Build a Charter School, Get Sued by the Teachers Union: Vertex Academies is set to open next month on the old Blessed Sacrament campus in the Bronx. Its founders, Ian Rowe and Joyanet Mangual, are confident they’ll beat back the legal challenge.” Maybe.