The writing class
'Don't bother', he said only half-jokingly. 'Save your energy for peer reviewed articles'. 'But I'm one of the board members who argued that Geoforum should start publishing regular editorials', I replied, 'and in any case I kinda like writing the things'. This recent exchange with one of my closest friends - a fellow British human geographer - says a lot about the value system prevalent in contemporary academia (or at least about how some academics perceive the rules of that system). In the pecking order of `valuable' academic activity editorials rank pretty low - this despite the fact that they're often the first and most stimulating thing many of us read when we pluck a journal from the library shelf.