Leon Wieseltier: 'I am a human being before I am a Jew'
Criticism is in crisis, says Leon Wieseltier, longtime literary editor of The New Republic. He longs for the days when writers weren't afraid to believe in something, and weren't just looking to "Friend" everyone else. A conversation.
Leon Wieseltier is an author, editor, critic, but, he says: “I call myself an intellectual. Not a journalist and not a critic and not a scholar. I may have elements of all these, but the title I answer to is intellectual. In my opinion, that is one of the most beautiful words in any language.”