“When I write, I try to begin from a place of authority and then I try to lose it over time. I want to transfer it to the reader.”
Caitlin Zaloom is editor in chief of Public Books. She is also a cultural anthropologist and professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Her newest book is Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost (Princeton University Press, 2020).
“A relentless assault on received orthodoxies has the effect of making you unpopular with the people for whom those received orthodoxies are orthodox.”
The First Lady of New York City recently gave local booklovers something to celebrate. Over the next year, Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence, will open its doors to several lucky residents for a ...