There was a brilliant interview in the Boston Review by Lindsey Gilbert with George Scialabba about intellectuals and the changing nature of writers and readers.
They discuss the impact of the writer on what they create, the lines between fiction and non-fiction, opinions in relation to expertise and how we judge intellectuals. The discussion of the difference between the 1920s-1940s and modern day essayists is brilliant as well as their views on the impact of the book.
My favourite part of this interview was when Scialabba was talking about the rise of non-radical journals and how it had impacted on writers. That focus has been narrowed and writers are no longer speaking in the same terms that we used to see.
This is a great interview with lots of serious thinking and talking points. Well worth a read.