If you prefer to listen rather than read, this blog is available as a podcast here. Or if you want to listen to just this post: Or download the MP3 I. I've tried to start tweeting more consistently, though not because I like to tweet. As you may be able to tell from the length of my essays, tweeting is the exact opposite of my preferred style of communication. Unfortunately Twitter is where all the action happens, so if I want to be a public intellectual, I have to tweet. I don't know that I want to be a public intellectual, nor have I ever claimed to be such. But I haven’t found any better label for what I’m trying to do, so I guess that’s the direction I hope to go in however silly and conceited that may sound at this point.