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September 13, 2013

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Bravo, David. Again, you take on issues, and to depths rarely attempted, our 'liberal' poets can't get past their navel-gazing to equal. "Marxist" means "license to print money" in current parlance; in this case, one can say, "The Eagleton has landed." I work with one of these self-proclaimed priests of this 19th century religion, who has pillaged every travel fund available; used our speakers program to invite any and every who could invite him back to their campuses/publish him in their magazines; and put his name in conjunction with any poet of renown that might earn him some "gilt by association"--to the extent the grad students have nicknamed him "Shameless Weaney." And books by which "theorist" lead his course lists? Terry Eagleton.

Oh one other nice irony. A friend of mine sent a list of pictures of places (usually coffeshops or bookstores) that have usurped the name "rag and bone" from Yeats' poem. The cool elegant hipness of these places tells you all you need to know about the bad faith involved.

And by the way, the last line of your piece is brilliant. Thanks.

Jim, I think she's thinking about Yeats here: http://www.rag-bone.com/

Thank you, Jim. Eagleton is the type of with-it critic the academics adore. I always suspect an element of fakery -- Stanley Fish is up front about it. I love your pointed comments. "Gilt by association" is the pun of the day.

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