Read about them with Tony Judt. Two ideas from the essay I like:1. In the Britain of the 1950s it was difficult to distinguish smart conversationalists from polished ones.2. The rise of obscurantist theory in the humanities has spawned its opposite: ill-informed "experts" chattering away for hours on television.
John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.