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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Faith in Humanity

The most surefire way to lose faith in humanity is to see on Facebook a topless selfie of your favorite writer. 

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6 thoughts on “Faith in Humanity

  1. Shakti on said:

    I lost my faith in humanity when I realized Ben Shapiro got paid to write a column. :-p
    A couple of stray nipples is nothing.

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    • I don’t care about his nipples but a 50+-year-old man who is preening in front of a mirror and posting selfies of himself is hard to respect. Besides, this is so unoriginal! Putin did it first. How can a writer in the postmodern era not be bothered by the purely derivative nature of the act?

      I’m glad I don’t know who Ben Shapiro is. I’m hoping he’s not posing topless at least.

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      • Shakti on said:

        How can a writer in the postmodern era not be bothered by the purely derivative nature of the act?
        More to the point, how can he not realize that exactly zero people are interested in a 50+ year old writer’s pulchritude? Posing topless is for obnoxious young’uns like Elizabeth Wurtzel was.
        Perhaps he’s desperately trying to convince his editors that he can still sell books?

        Remember when people started freaking out over this:

        Still, you can’t count on selling a book on the writer’s talent alone—so while factors like being photogenic or savvy with social media won’t make or break a deal, they can definitely sweeten it. “I actually knew very little about [Sweeney] when I bought The Nest,” says her editor at Ecco, Megan Lynch. “I didn’t know that, for example, she knew Amy Poehler well enough to approach her for a blurb. That was a happy bonus.” Lynch stresses that while she would never “decline a book I loved because I felt like the author wouldn’t be able to handle an NPR interview, it would certainly affect how determined I might be: Am I going to hang in for another round at auction, or drop out?” Herr, for her part, acknowledges that an author’s appearance can affect an advance — “We look at all of that stuff” — but insists, “We would have paid her the same money if she weighed 500 pounds and was really hard to look at. That’s my firm belief.”

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        • “More to the point, how can he not realize that exactly zero people are interested in a 50+ year old writer’s pulchritude?”

          • You know? It truly smacks of desperation at this point. I know men go through a harsh time at this age but does it need to be done in public?

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  2. “surefire way to lose faith in humanity is to”

    work. in. retail.

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