There are few blogs in the wide and tangled landscapes of the web as unapologetically highbrow as Crooked Timber. The name itself derives from Immanuel Kant's maxim, "Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was ever made." Founded in 2003 in an intellectually vigorous merger of several academic blogs, Crooked Timber has since been lauded by the Guardian, New York Times, and others. Regular contributors include political philosophers, cultural studies professors, bankers, economists, political scientists, sociologists, and classicists. It is not unusual to find an academic book chapter posted to the site for critique and comment. For example, the respected Australian economist John Quiggin recently posted a chapter from his forthcoming book, Economics in Two Lessons, asking for reader feedback and comments.