Cotkin, George

Marta Peluso

George Cotkin is a professor of history at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Besides Morality’s Muddy Waters, featured in his Rorotoko interview, Cotkin has authored a number of other books, including William James, Public Philosopher (1990), and Existential America (2003).  He has also just completed Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby-Dick—a book with 138 short chapters, each one relating to a theme, phrase, or idea in one of Melville’s chapters of Moby-Dick.  Right now he is starting a collective biography of James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Lowell, Norman Mailer, and Susan Sontag.

On Rorotoko:

On his book Morality’s Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America
(Our Cover Feature of May 02, 2010)