Malkavian (via lacedserpent)
“Intellectuals are not only different from academics, but almost the opposite of them. Academics usually plough a narrow disciplinary patch, whereas intellectuals… roam ambitiously from one discipline to another. Academics are interested in ideas, whereas intellectuals seek to bring ideas to an entire culture. The word ‘intellectual’ is not a euphemism for ‘frightfully clever’, but a kind of job description, like ‘waiter’ or ‘chartered accountant’. Anger and academia do not usually go together, except perhaps when it comes to low pay, whereas anger and intellectuals do.
“Above all, academics are conscious of the difficult, untidy, nuanced nature of things, while intellectuals take sides. [Being] both angry and analytic, [they are] aware that, in all the most pressing political conflicts which confront us, someone is going to have to win and someone to lose. It is this, not a duff ear for nuance and subtlety, which marks them out from the liberal [academic].”