I haven't read much of George Scialabba's writing. Back in 2012 I did a post on a Scialabba piece on intellectuals, academia, and Christopher Lasch. But after I read Craig Lambert's article on Scialabba's retirement at The Chronicle of Higher Education I realized that I need to read more of him.
What fascinates me the most about Scialabba is the fact that he has spent the last thirty-five years working a clerical job at Harvard University. Since it is difficult for one to make a living as an essayist and book reviewer, Scialabba worked arranging rooms for meetings at Harvard, operating out of a basement office with no windows. Over the years he has written over 400 reviews and essays in the Washington Post, Village Voice, The Nation, The American Conservative, Commonweal, Dissent, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Review, Foreign Affairs, Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, to name a few. He has published four books.
Here is a taste of Lambert's piece: