In the December 3rd edition of THE NEW REPUBLIC, there is yet another tepid review of Richard Florida's book "Who's Your City." That review is by Nathan Glazer and it agrees with mine: Not at all up there with Florida's first and perhaps only great tome "The Rise of the Creative Class."
When I read "Who's Your City," I concluded that Florida has fallen into the syndrome of the too many authors who do one game-changer and then seem to not be able to do another or become lazy. Others in that category seem to be, at least to me, B. Joseph Pine II who gave us the amazing "The Experience Economy" and Jeffrey Sonnenfeld who stunned the world with "The Hero's Farewell."
This fall from high-powered thinking and writing can be prevented by courageous editors. The role of editor is supposed to be gatekeeper. That's not happening when the author becomes a brandname. Florida's editor should have told him compassionately but firmly: No, on "Who's Your City."
Full Disclosure: Florida's wife, who was not associated with his Creative Class empire, interviewed me for a freelance opportunity in Maryland. She didn't hire me. I decided not to continue with the process of pitching for freelance work from Sonnenfeld and Pine.