This is an invitation to participate in a new interactive forum called “The Bad Ideas Blog” being hosted by the University of Chicago Press (http://badideasblog.com). The point of the forum is to explore the nature of so-called “bad” ideas -- i.e. ideas that don’t make their way into books. Are there common features to bad ideas, a taxonomy of the unbookish? What happens when we shift the conversation from what is in our books to what is not? How might this help us not only write better books, but perhaps more importantly, to think about the nature of the book itself as a medium of intellectual communication? Posts are welcome that cover anything from recent bad ideas you’ve had, to reflections on what makes ideas “bad” (that is, unfit for a book), to the nature of the outtake and its increasing popularity today as a genre.
Department of German Studies
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