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Taking Back the Word: Conversation with Tom Engelhardt, Editor and Writer, April 23, 2004 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Tom Engelhardt, who is a writer and an editor. His books include The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of A Generation, and The Last Days of Publishing, a novel. He is also the producer of an online newsletter of opinion and commentary called TomDispatch. Tom is also a Fellow at the Nation Institute.

  1. Background
  2. book covers
    See a sampler of some of the books edited by Tom Engelhardt
    ... influence of mother ... cartoonists ... father ... the "victory culture" ... Yale ... China studies ... Harvard ... impact of the sixties ... Berkeley
  3. Being an Editor ... who owns the writing? ... the work ... clearing the path ... relationship to author ... writing a novel about editing ... affinity of his edited books... editing nonfiction
  4. Changing the World ... success of the political right ... taking back the word
  5. Going Online ... crossover of left and right today ... internet novice ... finding an audience ... potential of new technology to inform
  6. News, Entertainment, and Books ... optimism and pessimism ... why books are more challenging ... today's retro leaders ... political opposition ... new book series on American empire ... connecting the dots on global issues
  7. Conclusion: Thoughts on Writing ... writing as a late-flowering art form ... writing a weblog ... feedback from strangers

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