The Symptom and the Disease

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Fresh on the heels of my critique of Slavoj Zizek (that guy has fans, but a lot fewer than you might think) for being too much of a jerk, comes my new think piece in the Chronicle, about a month in the making, which deals with academic rejection. I solicited a lot of reader opinion about this, and you guys delivered in a major way. Many of your responses made it into the article!

As you can see, between yesterday’s piece and today’s, compassion in academia (or lack thereof) is something about which I feel fairly strongly. And actually, now that my Zizek piece is up, I believe I should have (or at least could have) written IT with more compassion. I could have (should have?) recognized that Slavoj Zizek is a deeply, deeply unhappy man, who has been miserable and lonely since his early childhood, who calls others “boring idiots”…

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