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Peter Sinnott, Jr. is a co-founder and publisher of Contrivers’ Review. He received his Ph.D. in English from Purdue University in 2014.

In this essay, Pete Sinnott, Jr. provides a short, but important, history of the form of intellectual production, the essay. Both the producer and the product are uncertain, historical artifacts. How we understand intellectual work today is bound up in that history: on one hand, of the author’s self-conscious introspection or lack thereof and, on the other hand, of the essay as it oscillates between science, art, and criticism.

A bibliographical essay on several recent conversations related to the theme of intellectual production and responsibility.

A review of Benjamin Kunkels’ book, Utopia or Bust.

In Piketty’s Capital, the novel is no afterthought.

Anyone attempting to shed light on the problem of adjunct or contingent teaching labor (as some prefer to be called) in the United States’s colleges and universities is fighting a lonely political battle with few allies and many opponents, both of whom have a stake in keeping this issue quiet.

We inaugurate a new series with a discussion of two articles on the crisis in the Humanities.

Sinnott explores the relationship between form, genre, and expression of ideas. He compares two examples of writing that exemplify the possibilities that emerge when we stop insisting dogmatically on genre conformity.

In his new book, Martijn Konings suggests that progressives have misunderstood the “emotional logic” of money and overstate the antagonism between society and economy.

Pete Sinnott, Jr. explores the recent controversies around protest, the decades-long stereotyping of protesters, and democratic voice.

A survey of reporting on the not-so-new gig econony: What’s it like to survive on piece-work? Are there any political solutions? Is a new working class identity forming out of these shared experiences?

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