When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
I’m Howard Schwartz, though I write as Howard S. Schwartz. My email address is Schwartz@Oakland.edu.
Before I retired, my colleagues at Oakland University gave me the title Emeritus Professor. I think that means that I am now a professor forever. I like that, but then I never did intend to stop, at least with the writing part. Publish till perish, or something like that.
The latest exemplar of that, I guess, is my new book Political Correctness and the Destruction of Social Order: Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self., which came out in October 2016.
A note on purchasing this book is in order. The publisher is Palgrave Macmillan, who are an academic publisher. Their market is primarily college students, who can download their books for free, or have a custom paperback made for a nominal cost, through their library’s connection to Springerlink.com, provided their university purchases Palgrave’s list. They sell hardback copies of their books on the open market, but these are meant for libraries, and the cost is ridiculous.A paperback version should go out in about a year, I gather, but until that time, if you want a copy, and you aren’t a college student, or otherwise a member of a university community, grab someone who is. Or, if this is impossible, contact me directly and we’ll see what can be done.
I’ve posted the conclusion of the book, as a sample, elsewhere on this blog.
This is my third book on the psychodynamics underlying political correctness. The others are Society Against Itself: Political Correctness and Organizational Self-Destruction (2010) and The Revolt of the Primitive: An Inquiry into the Root of Political Correctness (2003) Before that was my book Narcissistic Process and Corporate Decay: The Theory of the Organization Ideal (1990).
A few autobiographical details: I was born in New York City, where I attended the Bronx High School of Science. Getting out of New York as soon as I was able, I went to Antioch College, then to graduate school in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh and then UCSD. Finally, I got my PhD in organizational behavior at Cornell. I started teaching at Oakland University in 1977, and remained there until 2015, when I retired. I now live, again, in New York; two miles, in fact, from where I grew up. Fortunately, the route between the two was lengthy and interesting.
I live now with my wife Ann, our dog Spencer, and our cat Stella D’oro. My kids, by another marriage, are Robin, who lives in Cincinnati, and Cassie, who lives in London and is married to Camilo. My sister Susan has a daughter Rebecca, who is married to Adam. And that’s it.