[ilds] Author v. Reader

Ilyas ilyas.khan at crosby.com
Sun May 4 07:04:05 PDT 2008

Senor Adams

You may well have some interesting ideas, but you sure as hell can't express
them in written form. What on earth are you talking about and what are you
trying to say ? Ever thought of plain English ? I think you dislike
something that may have been written by "Mr Godshalk", but more than that
remains a mystery.

I am a casual reader, and you certainly did not reply "on my behalf".

On 04/05/2008 05:32, "Alejandro Adams" <hungerist at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Every contribution to this list is a brick in the altar to one of the gods
> of world literature (and merely to subscribe to this list is to meditate
> before that altar).  To place one of these bricks while insisting that one
> is not, in fact, a worshipper seems a quibbling, untenable rejection of the
> primal urge to worship--or, more neutrally, to follow a leader--or, more
> neutrally still, to recognize and honor a standard, to say one thing is
> better than the rest.
> We fear the unspoken accusations of elitism because they are accurate.
> There is no way to proletarianize Durrell, I fear.  When they come for the
> decadent elite, we will be the first to face the wall.
> As a Mr. Godshalk attempts to suffocate our deity, a Mr. Redwine rushes to
> revive him.  Given the playfully tenuous relationship of the academy to
> reality, metaphorical murder--death by interpretation--should qualify as a
> graver, more heinous act than the taking of an actual human life ("human"
> and "life" are precisely the sort of terms which stimulate our
> deconstructionlust!).  Thus this happy practice of god-killing baffles me
> more than do all the other badges of dubious honor which gleam in the dim
> hallways of our universities.
> However...I am unable to deduce the of the nuances of Mr. Godshalk's
> reasoning from his terse, smug, pungently elitist assertions.  He does not
> deign to reveal the the scaffolding and wet paint which surely are required,
> in his profession, between such formidable lines.  We may forego footnotes
> in such a refreshingly casual forum, but let's not forego ideas altogether.
> Duly insulted on behalf of the casual reader,
> Alejandro Adams
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