About Me

Welcome. Most of the writings and conversations hosted by this archive originally appeared in newspapers, literary magazines, and academic journals. How they hang together may need a word of explanation.

A personal sensibility, rather than professional speciality, has selected the subjects of my writing.

John Summers, 2022  Photo by Auri Akerele 

John Summers has never been afraid to speak his mind.

Columbia Journalism Review

Summers writes pieces that traverse multiple disciplines—history, sociology, literature—and bristle with elegant pugnacity. His sentences resound with the clatter and clank of fresh thought coming hard up against the intellectual armor protecting powerful institutions.


Summers shows a mastery of the drily ironic style that would stand any social critic in very good stead. It will be fun to see him develop it.

Times Higher Education