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Reading Judith Butler in Old Age

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Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (provided he or she emails me at with his or her mailing address).

This week’s award goes to “Dani Levi,” who wrote, apropos Noam Chomsky’s declaration that he isn’t necessarily sure Osama Bin Laden committed 9/11, “The man writes as if he is an east German border guard who smoked some very strong sprayed weed. Legendary! I’d hate to read Judith Butler when she is his age. Oh boy, I will be around then.”

“Dani Levi” gets a copy of David Mamet’s The Wicked Son, which purports to explicate, as its subtitle promises after “anti-Semitism” and before “the Jews,” “self-hatred,” which is the only explanation I can think of for Chomsky’s masochism.

Chomsky Is Still … Being Chomsky

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M. Brukhes says:

Judith Butler has her point of view and I have mine; they aren’t the same, but she’s no where near the grandstanding goofball that Noam Chomsky has become. If anything her writing is more readable and lucid now than it was 20 years ago. Give the scholar a break–and her due, please….

Lee Jaffe says:

What I’ve read of Butler recently, she’s racing towards advanced Chomsky-syndrome. Her attack on Israel’s gay rights record and defense of Islamic homophobia was a marvel of logic twisting. Suggesting that gays can find “modes” of living under Shaaria is like counseling Rosa Parks to look for the up-side of riding in the back of the bus. Butler is so committed to her anti-Israel rhetoric that she’ll take it wherever it leads, even if it puts her on the side of oppression.


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