I see, via Crooked Timber, Clifford Geertz has died, following heart surgery at UPenn. He was an amazing author, prolific and provoking, and of course, so critical to critical theory.
I think my favourite part of the obit is this:
His internship as a copyboy for The New York Post dissuaded him from becoming a newspaper man. “It was fun but it wasn’t practical,” he said,…so he switched to philosophy.
The idea of philosophy being more practical than newspaper, how can you not love it?