As promised, the seminar on Francis Spufford’s wonderful novel of the socialist calculation debate, Red Plenty (Powells, Barnes and Noble Amazon). Over the next few days, interspersed with regular blogging, we’ll be publishing posts by a variety of people responding to the novel. On Friday, we’ll publish the first installment of Francis’ response; the second and third installments will be appearing next week. CT regulars with posts are myself, Niamh, Maria, both Johns and dsquared. Guests are listed in alphabetical order below. After all the posts are published, I’ll put up a post with links to the individual contributions, as well as a nicely formatted PDF of the proceedings.
Carl Caldwell is the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History at Rice University. His book, Dictatorship, State Planning, and Social Theory in the German Democratic Republic was published in 2003 by Cambridge University Press.
Antoaneta Dimitrova is associate professor of European Policy and public administration at Leiden University.
Felix Gilman is a lawyer and novelist. He has written Thunderer, The Gears of the City, The Half-Made World, and the forthcoming (and wonderful) The Rise of Ransom City.
Kim Stanley Robinson has written many, many excellent books (CT readers who haven’t read Icehenge, the Mars trilogy, and The Years of Rice and Salt at a minimum, should feel very guilty), including 2312, which just came out this month.
George Scialabba is a writer and critic. We’ve run a seminar on his collection of essays, What Are Intellectuals Good for?
Cosma Shalizi is associate professor of statistics at Carnegie-Mellon University and a blogger.
Rich Yeselson is a public intellectual, former union organizer, and former guestblogger here at Crooked Timber.