Interview with Thomas de Zengotita

© Thomas de Zengotita and Figure/Ground
Dr. de Zengotita was interviewed by Laureano Ralón. September 9th, 2012.

Thomas de Zengotita teaches at the Draper Graduate Program at New York University and the Dalton School. He holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University. He was contributing editor at Harper’s magazine from 2006 to 2011 and he blogs for the Huffington Post.

His book, Mediated, won the 2006 Marshall McLuhan Award.

Academic Publications Include:
“On the Politics of Pastiche and Depthless Intensities: The Case of Barack Obama” in The Hedgehog Review, Spring 2011
“Modernism Revisited: “Modernism Revisited: Artistic Works, Academic Disciplines, Divided Minds” in Logos, Fall 2011
“Believing Whatever” in The Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/11/05
“On Wittgenstein’s ‘Remarks on Frazer’s Golden Bough'” in Cultural Anthropology (4:4 1991)

General publications include: “Geometry” in The Greatest Inventions of the Past 2,000 Years, John Brockman, (ed.), Simon and Schuster 2000; “World World; or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blob” in Harper’s, July 2000; “The Numbing of the American Mind” in Harper’s, April 2002; a profile of Hell’s Angel Sonny Barger in Shout, April 2002. “Common Ground” in Harper’s, December 2002; “The Romance of Empire” in Harper’s, July 2003; “Tune in, Turn on” in Harper’s, November 2003; “Attack of the Superzeroes in Harper’s, December 2004. “Watching Yourself Steal Cars” in Current, The Los Angeles Times, 11/11/05; “Reframing Your World” in Harper’s, June 2009.

Fiction: “Hannah’s Birthday” in Fiction, Summer 2003.
“The Other Side” in Logos, Summer 2003.

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Ralón, L. (2012). “Interview with Thomas de Zengotita,” Figure/Ground. September 9th.
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