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Mini-link Encyclopedia

had something similar but much worse happen to me once. I found it hilarious and forgot about it in under 20 minutes. Do you, folks, think the author is a mentally ill person? Scroll through the afterword especially. 

The glamorization of introversion is one of the favorite mechanisms of neoliberal ideology.

The greatest mass murder in the history of the world.

This is simply sad. By the way, St Louis has a very impressive institute of psychoanalysis that could really help these poor kids by treating their parents. But the parents would need to lift their lazy asses off couches and go do some work. And it’s always easier to reconstruct a kid instead. 


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12 thoughts on “Mini-link Encyclopedia

  1. “Do you, folks, think the author is a mentally ill person?”

    hmmm…. “my ethics-driven account of how intersectional feminism can-and must- be applied to contemporary art history”

    Yep. Feminism is no longer a social movement, but DIY therapy (more like self-medication).

    Also the extremely florid language and excessive emotionality that drips through every paragraph is kind of a tip off (as are the negative, malovent emotions she projects on to pretty much every other person in the story).


  2. Stringer Bell on said:

    “This blog is about my decision to leave academia..”

    There’s something weird about making this your identity.


  3. Shakti on said:

    The glamorization of introversion is one of the favorite mechanisms of neoliberal ideology.
    No, the glamorization of your personality type as a tool in service to a job or career is one of the favorite mechanisms of neoliberalism, whether it’s extroversion or introversion being glorified. I don’t fit because I find this offensive.


  4. anon on said:

    I don’t know about mental illness, but given the strong right-vs-wrong language and inability to get over it emotionally, it certainly suggests extreme life experiences. I suspect their life was either (a) extremely sheltered and thus they have never had to deal with the fact that reality is unfair and corruption exists, or (b) extremely wronged so they are willing to burn everything down for the sake of their morals because historically there has been nothing else left for them. So mostly I just feel bad for them – what the faculty did to them was wrong. But they received the right advice that they should just move on, so when they don’t follow that advice, what else did they expect to happen? I’m sure they could have come up with other ideas to pursue and then they could have fought to right the wrongs of the field as faculty if they had stuck with it instead of choosing to go out in flames.


    • CN: rampant sidewalk psychoanlysis based on speculation

      “But they received the right advice that they should just move on”

      That’s the sheltered environment, she’s always had authority figures (mainly parents) put things right for her, so the first time she’s in a situation where that doesn’t happen she completely loses her shit.

      There’s something very…. developmental (if that’s the right word) about her attitude, by which I get the impression that she’s missed some crucial stage of personal development….

      “they could have fought to right the wrongs of the field as faculty if they had stuck with it instead of choosing to go out in flames”

      Well she could do whatever it took to get her dissertation accepted (and almly and privately spoken to each and every person on her committee about what Dr. Mao had done (showing proof) without expecting them to go and put Dr. Mao in a corner by herself for a time out.

      If the person in question is really so toxic then their colleagues are probably already aware and wouldn’t mind some (more) evidence but aren’t going to take a person screeching about having them punished very seriously.


    • Thing is, there’s no such thing as stealing “an idea” in our profession. I publish all my ideas here on the blog. Jonathan conducts his research in real time online, posting whole paragraphs of unpublished work. What she says the professor did is impossible because it’s not how things work.


  5. OT (sort of). I just saw yet another extremely disturbing Spanish movie, in this case Que Dios nos perdone.
    If you’ve seen it, would you say it qualifies as cinema of the crisis? It’s in the background but definitely makes itself felt throughout the movie (in subtle ways).

    Have you seen El cadaver de Anna Fritz? It seems very… metaphorically to be about the crisis, starting with Anna Fritz being Spain itself (a rising star who comes to an untimely end in suspect circumstances) and the three guys and their interactions with the body and the consequences of that as different sections of the Spanish public. It might be clearer to someone who followed the situation there more closely than I do.


  6. Uri explains why he is against death penalty for terrorists (which is also my reason for being against it):


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