Odd that Sebald was so PC- and email-adverse. One would think, given the way his books work, that the Internet would have been an intriguing concept to him. That and more in Uwe Schütte’s memories of living the academic life with Sebald.
Including this evidence that conservative government in Britain did one good thing, albeit on accident.
Sebald the philologist particularly detested the penetration of universities by management-speak, whereby the academy was redefined as a part of the “knowledge industry”. The liberal free spirit that had characterised his first decade at UEA had disappeared for good, and his reaction from the mid-1980s onwards was to retreat into an “inner emigration” by becoming an author.