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Leon Wieseltier: “We live in a culture of worthless praise”

An interview with the New Republic's legendary literary editor

By Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson  

© Jill Krementz

A brief survey of today’s public intellectuals reveals their dispiritingly narrow range. They tend to stay safely within the boundaries of their discipline. Leon Wieseltier is not this sort of intellectual. Born in Brooklyn and educated at Columbia, Oxford and Harvard, Wieseltier garnered fame in the 1980s for being a sort of liberal wunderkind; a protégé of Isaiah Berlin savvy in contemporary politics. He has…

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