Every economic crisis brings in its wake a wholesale reordering of society. The Great Recession of 2008, no matter how mild in comparison to past upheavals, has altered the world in ways unanticipated just a decade ago.
An old New York saw has it that Columbia and New York Universities will continue buying up property in the north and south of Manhattan until they meet in the middle. But as the real estate dealings continue apace in New York and across the globe, pushback against NYU has intensified, from without and within.
In 1962, in the midst of the Cold War and the civil rights movement, Edmund Wilson published a book that decried the Civil War literature of “patriotic gore” by which men and women of the time justified horrors and bore tremendous burdens.