NABOKV-L post 0020149, Mon, 31 May 2010 07:35:09 -0400

A Typical Day for a Humanities Professor ...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Typical Day for a Humanities Professor?

While I'm suffering and thinking, my humanities colleagues at UCLA and Stanford are rocking out . Equal pay for equal work!

I can't imagine Milton Friedman or even Paul Krugman or Randy Wright attempting the following;

"A rakish band of Stanford professors and their cronies is rocking out through tune after tune in a university rehearsal space on a hot spring afternoon. No, this is not your typical rock band — its founding guitarist-songwriters are professors of literature, scholars of Dante and the French Enlightenment. But Glass Wave, as the group calls itself, settles into a snarling, chicken-scratch groove for a song it has recorded titled "Lolita," as lead singer Christy Wampole crouches and moans:

Now that Mother's gone away,

you think that you can have your way.

So you stroke my fevered lips

with your filthy fingertips.

Yes, Wampole — a doctoral student in French and Italian literature — is singing the scared thoughts of that Lolita, the 12-year-old who grows sexually involved with middle-aged Humbert Humbert in Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel."

I'm not sure what any of this means and I don't want to know but clearly freedom of speech has gone too far. Where is Senator Joe McCarthy when we need him?

posted by Matthew E. Kahn

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