6 January 2013

Today I read a piece in the Guardian about the literary journals that young people in New York City are starting. The piece is interesting, because we are at a time in America when the intellectual scene is at a time of great change. With the higher education boom after World War Two, intellectuals could secure stable employment in academia. The scene is much different today. Graduate schools are built on a model that assumes the constant growth of academic jobs, and public higher education is being funded less and less by the states. Adjunct professors – the itinerant workers of the academic job market – now teach the majority of college classes, but have little say in the way higher education is conducted and have little job security. Academia is no longer a secure path for the young intellectual, and the literary entrepreneurs profiled in the Guardian article are seeking a new way forward.


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