Monday, September 26, 2005

Top 100 Public Intellectuals

If found this list of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals depressing. My own field is poorly represented, and I fear it is out of a lack of candidates rather than an anti-literary bias.

By the way, my favorite among this list is Václav Havel, whose essay "The Power of the Powerless" has occupied an honored spot on my bookshelf for nearly two decades.


  1. Did you vote for your five, or do you bother with this kind of thing? I did, and I posted my picks here; I'm going to explain why I like each of the five (actually six) one at a time over the course of the next few weeks. My first is Hernando de Soto.

  2. Nah, I didn't vote ... seemed kind of pointless. I'm not impressed enough with the people on the list to make it in interesting competition.