Index to Comments on Politics by Other Means

This is mainly for my own convenience; maybe some readers will find it helpful. Eight of my recent blog pieces comment in some way on David Bromwich’s Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking, an extraordinary book that has been on my mind and in my life. I decided to list the entries here, in chronological order, so that I could link from them to this list (instead of linking from each one to each of the others).

1. “David Bromwich’s Politics by Other Means,” October 27, 2012.

2. “I Want to Starve Them of This Credit,” October 31, 2012.

3. “Is Teaching a Calling?” November 1, 2012.

4. “What Community Was This?” November 2, 2012.

5. “The Danger of False Confession,” November 4, 2012.

6. “Lists of Names Do Not Think,” November 9, 2012.

7. “Tradition Without a Last Word,” November 11, 2012.

8. “A Way to Think for Myself As If Under Their Eyes,” November 17, 2012.

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  1. I’ve only just started reading the book. It’s terrifying how everything Bromwich talks about have gotten so much worse. I look forward to reading your above posts.

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    Diana Senechal is the author of Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture and the 2011 winner of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. Her second book, Mind over Memes: Passive Listening, Toxic Talk, and Other Modern Language Follies, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in October 2018. In April 2022, Deep Vellum published her translation of Gyula Jenei's 2018 poetry collection Mindig Más.

    Since November 2017, she has been teaching English, American civilization, and British civilization at the Varga Katalin Gimnázium in Szolnok, Hungary. From 2011 to 2016, she helped shape and teach the philosophy program at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering in New York City. In 2014, she and her students founded the philosophy journal CONTRARIWISE, which now has international participation and readership. In 2020, at the Varga Katalin Gimnázium, she and her students released the first issue of the online literary journal Folyosó.


    On April 26, 2016, Diana Senechal delivered her talk "Take Away the Takeaway (Including This One)" at TEDx Upper West Side.

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