The #FailedIntellectual Goodwill Tour Fact Sheet
Is it a reading?
Nein. Not in a conventional sense. The tour's negative utopian potential is often best realized as a short talk followed by conversation with a moderator.
Is it art?
Nein. It is, however, a performance of sorts. An aesthetic and intellectual experiment only slightly less pretentious than it sounds. It has been called the death of the academy. Somewhat entertaining. Moderately edifying. And the dawn of a new age.
Is it philosophy?
Nein. It is, however, frozen music, thawed in the refrigerator light of its own sad redemption. Refrozen. Then gone bad. It is thought resigned to always already being misunderstood. It is beauty and truth as dialectic. A Doppelgänger without a Doppelgänger. A Welt without Anschauung. Plus Schmerz.
Is there anything in it for the host?
Nein. Though it's a good opportunity to draw attention to your staid institution, impress your students or patrons, and save your cultural center, bookstore, academic department, or discipline. If only from itself. For an hour or so.
Is it expensive?
Nein. You pay for travel, a room for the night, and a modest honorarium left to your discretion. (History will be your judge.)
Will it hurt?
"I hate Twitter. I think it should be prohibited – but Jarosinski's Nein. is the only exception, the only reason that justifies it! He is like a radical Norman Bates from Psycho intervening with his tweets which are like fast cuts with a knife!" – Slavoj Žižek
Eric Jarosinski is a highly distinguished #FailedIntellectual based in New York. A former professor of modern German literature, culture, and critical theory, he recently left academia to devote himself to his post as founding editor of Nein. Quarterly, the Internet's leading compendium of utopian negation.
On Twitter @NeinQuarterly has gained a highly diverse global audience, currently numbering over 100,000 readers in more than 125 countries. Nein. Quarterly also appears in a four-line print format, with its trademark scowl gracing the opinion page of Die Zeit in Germany.
Jarosinski and his work have been featured in numerous international publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, The Believer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Der Spiegel, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Wall Street Journal, Slate, and The Irish Times.
His first book, Nein. A Manifesto., was published in 2015 in the US (Grove Atlantic), Canada (House of Anansi), Germany (S. Fischer), Italy (Marsilio), the Netherlands (Lebowski), Spain (Anagrama), Denmark (A Mock Book), the UK and Australia (Text).