Return of the Jerk.

Some years back, I foolishly embarked on a light-hearted book project.  Many readers have told me how much they liked Jerks, but, when my agent failed to  find a buyer, I concluded that the mud my name was with publishers and editors had been petrified into granite.  From time to time I think about the project--I had completed over 100 pages--and take a note or two or even sketch out a chapter.  Yesterday, In realized that an essay I had been wanting to write in contempt of expertise and connoisseurship would make an excellent additional chapter.

In anticipation of writing the new chapters and of publishing the whole of it as a little book, I am going to be posting some parts in the upcoming months.

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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

3 Responses

  1. William Shofner says:

    If you provide your readers in your forth coming book a list of “jerks”, please remember Al Gore, whom I hold responsible for giving the States united in America as their President the unforgiveable George W. Bush.

  2. Michael Strenk says:

    A worthy project. No wonder publishers won’t touch it. Publishing it, however, be the best chance of not finding themselves in it. I have heard that journalistic blackmail can be quiet profitable. Am I a jerk for making the suggestion?

  3. Allen Wilson says:

    If the book were to become a blockbuster with millions of sales, I wonder how many people out there would read it and agree with much of it without realizing that they are reading about themselves?