James Walker

James Walker

James Walker is an American writer and critic.

Read Your Enemies

Read Your Enemies

With the passing of the idea of the canon into the dustbin of history, the notion of a “required reading” list for all humanity has become seen as something quaint. In our “post-postmodern” condition, even the idea of revising the canon, entering new masterpieces from previously unheard voices, has largely

James Walker
James Walker
Education
Conservatives Aren't the Only Voices Silenced by Academia's Intellectual Orthodoxy

Conservatives Aren't the Only Voices Silenced by Academia's Intellectual Orthodoxy

Over the last three or four decades, the humanities have witnessed a shift so massive that it is barely noticed anymore. What was once an upstart movement has achieved the status of a truly successful usurper—normality. The leather arm patched ancien régime has been exiled to the land of

James Walker
James Walker
Education
The Virtues of Inwardness: Reclaiming the Life of the Mind in a Politicized World

The Virtues of Inwardness: Reclaiming the Life of the Mind in a Politicized World

Prior to his seminal work on consciousness which would make him one of the eminent philosophers of the late 20th century, John R. Searle had served as an activist, first as a student, then later as a young professor, during the period of social upheaval to which our current era

James Walker
James Walker
Art and Culture
Authenticity and Experience: The Problem of Identity Politics in Literature

Authenticity and Experience: The Problem of Identity Politics in Literature

In a seemingly shrinking poetry community, increasingly quarantined to the academe, a small maelstrom, barely visible upon the cultural radar, appeared, dissipated and vanished. Our culture, dominated by the 140 character limit, is particularly apt at creating tempests in teacups, each evoking an explosion of drama that exhausts itself in

James Walker
James Walker
Art and Culture
Harold Bloom and Aesthetics in an Age of Piety

Harold Bloom and Aesthetics in an Age of Piety

Decades ago the literary critic Harold Bloom predicted that a new cultural and historical epoch would emerge in the West, perhaps in the world, determining, to some extent at least, the course of literature in the 21st century. Bloom believed that a new “Theocratic Age” was on the horizon — a

James Walker
James Walker
Art and Culture