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The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON. To view the lectures, go to YouTube and search for "Robert Paul Wolff Kant." There they will be.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

TWEET TWEET

Yesterday, I had a visit from Dr. Tanya Mears. Tanya is a former student in Afro-American Studies who wrote her doctoral dissertation on a body of literature written in Colonial Puritan New England on the occasion of the public execution of a condemned criminal. The sermons, "last words," and poetry are called, collectively, Execution Literature, and Tanya's dissertation [which I directed] deals with the subset of that literature written about persons of African descent. Now Tanya is turning her dissertation into a scholarly monograph, and her visit was for the purpose of our strategizing on how best to do that. I directed only two dissertations during my twelve years as Graduate Program Director in Afro-American Studies [it is, after all, not my field], and the first has already been published as a book, by Dr. Jennifer Jensen-Wallach, so once Tanya's book comes out I will be batting a thousand.

Tanya is a tall, vivacious, witty Black woman, seriously Catholic [she graciously forgives me my atheism], totally plugged in to the modern culture, and something of a fashionista. Some years ago. she prevailed upon me to coordinate the color of my socks, my pants, my shirts, my shoes, and my belts, and she has been after me for years to get Instant messaging, something I seem not to be able to accomplish on my computer. It was under her influence that I signed up for FaceBook, and though I now have a circle of friends [mostly former Afro-Am students], I never write on my wall [is that the correct phrase?], to Tanya's manifest irritation.

Anyway, after a long planning session, she joined Susie and me for dinner at Azure, a pretty good restaurant across the street, and over entrees, she arm-twisted me into joining Twitter. She assured me that I would acquire "followers" and that the traffic to this blog would increase exponentially.

So I am now on FaceBook and Twitter, Lord help me. I just checked, and I do not yet have a single follower. What ever happened to the leisurely reading [and writing] of books?

9 comments:

Ann said...

Apparently Tanya can do both - tweet and write books! I suspect that you too will learn, and rather quickly, as usual.

So bring on the new bloggers!

Dr. Tanya Mears said...

Virtual Rome was not built in a day, Professor Wolff. :)

Robert Paul Wolff said...

Hey, Tanya, welcome to the blog. I now have two followers, both, I suspect, thanks to you.

Dr. Tanya Mears said...

FOUR followers.

Dr. Tanya Mears said...
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JJW said...

Is that why you haven't posted the Freud lectures? Too busy tweeting?
Hi, Tanya, if you're reading. Good luck with the book.

Robert Paul Wolff said...

No, I decided not to record the lectures. I found that having a recorder there put a crimp in my style [such as it is]. The first lecture was a great success -- they even applauded! Now I havwe to live up to that.

JJW said...

Lucky them but too bad for the rest of us. :(

lady Estelle said...

Well, I am happy to be one of your new tweet followers. I am looking forward to meeting Dr. Tanya Mears in the future. I am grateful for this connection of talented acquaintance..