The funny thing about the affair, but also telling, is that the 66-year-old Romano has for his long professional life been a quintessential liberal intellectual. He's critic-at-large for the Chronicle of Higher Education and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania. He was book critic at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 28 years and wrote “America the Philosophical,” a maverick interpretation of American thought noted for its breadth and inclusiveness – the Wall Street Journal called it “a roll call for identity politics.”
Carlin was still The Inquirer’s book critic when I was the paper’s book editor. He is not remotely racist and anyone suggesting otherwise would seem to lack the faculties necessary to be a member of an organization of book critics — You know, things like skill in gathering and evaluating evidence, logical thinking, etc. The more of his accusers who resign the better off the NBCC will be.