Just Like Jesus

The Ronell affair gets funnier by the minute. Turns out there is a website created by her supporters. At first, I wanted to believe that the authors were simply taking the piss but it seems that they are tragically, deadly earnest. This is the example of how they write:

Having been suave and shrewd(and perhaps, again, privileged) enough to have also worked in the (if not quite equally exclusionary then at least by any normal standard) arcane, demanding, and again highly competitive world of art curatorship, and all along sufficiently attentive to and deeply read in philosophy, trans-cutting-edge theory, and literature – multi-lingually, one might note, he apparently had his choice from among the most competitive and desirable graduate programs in literary theory when once his eye twinkled in the direction of that fabled (if apparently declining) realm, whereupon he identified, zeroed in on, and basically hand-selected one of its most renowned and notoriously exacting thinkers as his personal mentor.

I understand they are germanists but is it really necessary for their writing to be this atrocious?

And I didn’t even quote the worst part where Ronell is being compared to. . . Jesus.

I’m not obsessed with these people. I don’t know any of them and don’t care. But I saw the Jesus quote on Jonathan’s blog and I had to go check it out because I couldn’t believe it was for real. Now I wish I hadn’t checked.

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3 thoughts on “Just Like Jesus”

  1. The shear grade school mean girl pettinesss of this…..
    “in addition to being a place where Brian Leiter can learn more about critical theory before he denounces again what he clearly refuses to understand”
    Makes me think that Ronell is running this.

    Ronell is what I call in Polish a ‘babczynka’ a word I made up myself from babcia (grandmother) and dwiewczynka (little girl) a woman old enough to be a grandmother but who dresses and behaves like a 10 year old (give or take a couple of years).

    I really like infantile behavior in adults and so when I tried to watch some vids of her lectures I disengaged visually after a minute or two (but her ‘look at me!’ dress up style and childish body language stayed with me and couldn’t even listen to them).

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    1. Of course,she’s a freak of the first order. But that’s the whole point. It always starts with hounding the distasteful folks who are kind of icky to begin with. Because it’s easier to turn people against them. I’m sure the very first witch in the witch hunts was a truly obnoxious old broad.

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