Monday, February 2, 2009

Beyond Parody

From Haaretz:

[David Lloyd, a professor of English at the University of Southern California] wrote that to the best of his knowledge, all supporters of the anti-Israel boycott were also opposed to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Asked if logic wouldn't dictate that he and his colleagues boycott themselves, he responded, "Self-boycott is a difficult concept to realize. But speaking for myself, I would have supported and honored such a boycott had it been proposed by my colleagues overseas."
One of the reasons I ran away from pursuing that English Lit PhD after college was the realization that when a professor of English says something like this, nine times out of ten he's being absolutely serious.

(Hat Tip: Jeffrey Goldberg)