Ned Polsky

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Ned Polsky ((1928-10-20)October 20, 1928–(2000-06-13)June 13, 2000) was an American author and sociologist who wrote the 1969 book Hustlers, Beats, and Others, a book about political culture, criminology and pool hustlers.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] He was also known for his criticism of Norman Mailer's essay The White Negro, included with the essay in later collections of Mailer's work,[8] and as an "insane Joyce fanatic" who memorized long passages from Finnegan's Wake.[9]

Polsky studied linguistics and literature at the University of Wisconsin, and did graduate study in sociology (but did not complete a degree) at the University of Chicago. He was for many years a professor of sociology at Stony Brook University,[10] and served as vice president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems in 1971–1972.[11] He was also a skilled pool player, and in his retirement became an antiquarian bookseller.[12]

In 1968, he signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[13]


  1. ^ Pagann, Christian (20 August 1967). "Decline and fall of six pockets: Hustlers, Beats, and Others (book review)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ Curtis, C. Michael (10 August 1967). "Hustlers, Beats, and Others (book review)". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ Erikson, Kai T. American Sociological Review, vol. 33, no. 3, 1968, pp. 460–462. JSTOR,
  4. ^ Boskin, Joseph. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol. 376, 1968, pp. 197–197. JSTOR,
  5. ^ Roebuck, Julian. The Journal of Criminal Law, Criminology, and Police Science, vol. 60, no. 2, 1969, pp. 232–233. JSTOR,
  6. ^ Lemert, Edwin M. American Journal of Sociology, vol. 73, no. 5, 1968, pp. 649–650. JSTOR,
  7. ^ Cohen, Stanley. The British Journal of Criminology, vol. 8, no. 1, 1968, pp. 93–95. JSTOR,
  8. ^ Menand, Louis (October 21, 2013), "The Norman Invasion", The New Yorker
  9. ^ Kovach, Roger (May 27, 2008), Some Bars in Some Places.
  10. ^ "Ned Polsky (1928–2000), Beat Sociologist", Lake Chapala Artists, Sombrero Books, retrieved 2019-02-22
  11. ^ Past Presidents, Vice-Presidents, and Editors, Society for the Study of Social Problems, retrieved 2019-02-22
  12. ^ Kahn, Robert (November 2000), "Ned Polsky (1928–2000)", Footnotes, American Sociological Association
  13. ^ "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" January 30, 1968 New York Post