This entire issue is devoted to a religious memoir by David Zucker. It shows what intellectuals do with their time other than teaching classes and taking out the garbage and writing articles for professional magazines. Their main activity, I think, is to turn over in their minds some perennial ideas and over the years come to reformulate those ideas to their satisfaction, also taking satisfaction in thinking about how they got from one place to another. That is their true biography.
By the way, the offer of a t-shirt for a short piece on the matrix or character of a city, as that is outlined in the recent piece on The Cultural Ticker entitled "The Tourist's Eye", still holds.
The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.