Education: Conservative Anarchist

In one of his early plays, Jonah, Paul Goodman wrote a marvelous throw-away line. Doomed to preach to the masses that did not want to be saved, doomed to be cast away at sea and swallowed by leviathan, poor Jonah cries out to the heavens: "It should happen to a dog to be a prophet of the Lord of Hosts."

The combination of street humor and exaltation, of prophetic vision and rebellious despair was what made Goodman one of the most elusive and yet most challenging talents of his generation. Poet, psychologist, anarchist, teacher,...