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July 30, 2005



I totally don't recognize Dr. Crazy's implied assumptions. First, there are more than a couple of people outside The Profession who read articles in academic journals on topics that interest them (feminism, Henry James, what have you). Second, I, who don't read at a Bursteinian pace by any means, can say that I last read a book relevant to my work all the way through during, um, the first two weeks of July. Third, I last looked up an academic article not relevant to "my work" about fourteen hours ago: I looked at the Project Muse journals to see whether there were any good articles on Bleak House that I hadn't yet read. I didn't anticipate using them in my work on 1950s U.S. literature and culture, but thought that I might find good analyses of a favorite book by its fellow-enthusiasts to be invigorating. Fourth, I was never taught to "become fluent in clunkery," and hope never to need to: don't they have an editor at PMLA who translates energetic prose into clunkese for scholars who don't do that themselves?

That said, Dr. Crazy's bit on things "I know I must read in order not to seem like an idiot in front of others" really hit home. I spend perhaps too much time concerned to avoid ending up in a position where I have to fake it or nod knowingly ("Ah yes, Jerome McGann.").


I guess I'm not as Jewish as you... if the book is not directly related to my own research and I don't like it, it gets put down immediately! It makes me feel guilty, but not enough to keep on reading!


Well, I have no interest whatsoever in Victorian women writers of religious fiction, but I love this blog and find myself reading nearly every post. I suspect Prof B's academic writing is more readable than the average too--though I have not had the pleasure.

It's hard to believe that it's been 65 years since Orwell wrote his essay "Politics and the English Language." But I can't help thinking most academic, political and bureaucratic writing isn't meant to be read--just catalogued. Thank goodness there is someone like Little Professor who feels there is merit in clarity, brevity and the well-turned phrase.

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