I'm super into this article from Dissent Magazine
, which traces how the intellectual obsessions of the 90s (specifically, the theorizing of pop culture) were affected by the conservative political climate of the oughts to include more practical concerns of labour and class. The professor who is profiled here was the editor of Social Text
, and thus the object of the famous Sokal Hoax
. I don't think I'd realized when I studied this that it had just happened
a few years before. I started my undergrad in the tail end of the 90s, and it's fascinating to see what was going on in the academic world then, with the benefit of a little distance.