"I just finished a fascinating blog post by Joshua Rothman called “What College Can’t Do.” There are so many insightful points in the essay that it wouldn’t make sense for me to cite just a quote or two. That wouldn’t do the piece justice. So I’ve decided to quote the whole damn thing instead. What follows is all Rothman except… well, I’ll let you figure that out."
Robert Mankoff using New Yorker cartoons to illustrate a brief essay by Joshua Rothman. A very nice way to spend some weekend leisure time. From a portion of the essay:
"The presence of those old buildings can make you unreasonably optimistic; maybe modernity, like modernism, is just a historical period, a style. On the whole, though, the campus itself suggests the opposite: that modernity is an epoch—huge, dramatic, and irresistible—and that it is transforming the university."