253月

Tony Judt, 1948-2010 – The Awl

TonyJudt,probablyoneofthelastfiguresinouragedeservingofthetitle“publicintellectual,”passedawayonFridayafteratwo-yearstrugglewithA。

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GeoffreyWheatcroft’sobituaryintheGuardianprovidesaparticularlygoodportraitoftheman。

IfyouhavenotreadPostwar,Judt’shistoryofEuropeafterWorldWarII,youreallyshould;it’sexcellent。

Andthenthereisthis,hismostrecent-buthopefullynotfinal-essayintheNewYorkReviewof?

Books:

Inmygenerationwethoughtofourselvesasbothradicalandmembersofanelite。

Ifthissoundsincoherent,itistheincoherenceofacertainliberaldescentthatweintuitivelyimbibedoverthecourseofourcollegeyears。

ItistheincoherenceofthepatricianKeynesestablishingtheRoyalBalletandtheArtsCouncilforthegreatergoodofeveryone,butensuringthattheywererunbythecognoscenti。

Itistheincoherenceofmeritocracy:givingeveryoneachanceandthenprivilegingthetalented。

ItwastheincoherenceofmyKing’sandIwasfortunatetohaveexperiencedit。

TonyJudtwas?