George Scialabba in conversation with Doug Henwood & William Corbett
February 22, 2017, 7:00 PM
In Low Dishonest Decades, cultural critic George Scialabba charts the 35 years in which income inequality has established itself in America as a fundamental problem. Clinton, Trump, the alt-right, conservatives and liberals, the Koch brothers, business leaders and talking heads are missing the point—most of the important points—and Scialabba knows it.
George Scialabba was born and raised in East Boston, MA, and attended Harvard (AB, 1969) and Columbia (MA, 1972). He has been a social worker (Mass. Dept. of Public Welfare, 1974-80), a clerical worker (Harvard University, 1980 to the present), a faculty member of the Bennington Graduate Writing Seminars (2007-8), and a freelance book critic. His column, "New Thinking," appears bimonthly in the Boston Globe book section. In 1991 he was awarded the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing of the National Book Critics Circle. He is the author of For the Republic: Political Essays, The Modern Predicament, the widely hailed What Are Intellectuals Good For?, and Divided Mind. When George Scialabba recently retired from managing a Harvard University building, the The New Yorker and The Nation paid him tribute in print and Noam Chomsky and a brass band saw him off in person. He plans to continue to read, write and closely follow the follies of America's bloviating pundits, business leaders and politicians.
Doug Henwood is a Brooklyn-based journalist and broadcaster who specializes in economics and politics. His work has appeared in Harper's, The Nation (where he is a contributing editor), Jacobin, BookForum, and Grand Street. His books include My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency, Wall Street: How It Works and For Whom and After the New Economy. He is the host of "Behind the News," a weekly radio show.
Associated with many of mid-century America’s avant-garde poetry movements, including the New York School and Black Mountain, poet, editor, and essayist William Corbett was a vital lifeline for the Boston literary scene for decades, introducing people and ideas that otherwise might not have filtered through the city. His collections of poetry include Elegies for Michael Gizzi, The Whalen Poem, Opening Day, among others. Corbett’s collections of prose include an essay on painter Albert York, published with some of the painter’s works in the book Albert York, the memoirs Furthering my Education, and Philip Guston’s Late Work, and the historical compendiums New York Literary Lights and Literary New England: A History and Guide. In 1999, Corbett founded Pressed Wafer Press, a small press devoted to poetry, essays, and art writing. He taught writing for over twenty years at MIT, and also held teaching jobs at Harvard and Emerson. He and his wife currently live in Brooklyn.