Monday, June 24, 2013

Co-authorship in the Humanities

My friend and co-author John Kaag has just published this piece in today's New York Times.

I think John is right on the money: there aren't firm rules about this, but many times we've both been warned that co-authorship in the humanities will be regarded as a sign of weakness, of not being able to carry one's own weight.

Maybe it's true.  John and I both find that co-authorship make us better writers, so we must have been weak in some ways.  But I don't see why we shouldn't therefore do even more writing with others.