Pharyngula

Look who’s back…

Jebus, but we’re in for a world of trouble. I think one of the signs of the apocalypse is when instructors of dangeral studies revive moribund blogs. We’re obviously in a cultural meltdown of epic proportions.

Comments

  1. #1 Jared
    September 30, 2008

    The educational system failed him…

  2. #2 Hipple, Rev. Paul T
    September 30, 2008

    I’m back, too.

    Well, I’m trying to revive my award winning interblog, but, to be honest, making all these preparations for the End Times is a lot more work than I figured.

    -RPTH

  3. #3 E.V.
    September 30, 2008

    Respectfully, who is this guy and just why should I care?

  4. #4 Jared
    September 30, 2008

    He’s a literary critic… I certainly hope he was joking about the bailout… Although I too think it’s a crock of shit, but I don’t pick and choose quotes supporting my idea, rather, I use the entire publication and cite conclusions, not talking points.

  5. #5 Robin Zebrowski
    September 30, 2008

    I just squealed a little bit inside. I’m so excited Berube is back blogging again. There was a noticeable hole in the literate fraction of the internet left by his departure, and I’m ecstatic he’s back. Thanks for posting this – I removed him from my blogroll and I wouldn’t have noticed his return.

  6. #6 Pyrrhonic
    September 30, 2008

    I need some context here because it looks to me like Berube is just rambling–is he making a point? Why is he so bad? Rambling happens every day. Have you guys ever read CNN?

  7. #7 tsg
    September 30, 2008

    Berube’s return has decreased the overall intelligence on the internet by a small but significant amount.

    (Actually, I’ve never heard of him, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to steal a Terry Pratchett line.)

  8. #8 Jared
    September 30, 2008

    He used to blog quite a bit on what American culture was doing to people and things such as that. While I think we do need some outspoken critics of culture, I don’t think we have much respect for them… They can be like the new version of preachers when we get rid of religion.

  9. #9 Pyrrhonic
    September 30, 2008

    @ #8

    You mean he’s constantly diagnosing cultural problems and saying how bad American culture is for everyone? Something along those lines? I’m a literary critic myself–albeit a grad student–and I always get nervous when Lit. Crit. is dismissed out of hand, but I can understand skepticism in the face of proselytizing. I’ve heard his name before, but I’ve never read his stuff. I get the sense that he’s a marginal figure.

  10. #10 PZ Myers
    September 30, 2008

    Trust me on this one, people: Bérub&é is sharp and applies a nice scalpel to the right. You have to read him carefully, though, because he does write like a goddamned smarty-pants English professor. That’s part of his charm.

  11. #11 E.V.
    September 30, 2008

    Aww, c’mon… give me a hint. Moribund… is he a fatalist obsessed with end times or is his blog rhetoric archaic and obsolete? What?

  12. #12 E.V.
    September 30, 2008

    SO, he’s a dystopic social critic!! & you like him. I erroneously inferred he was a crank.

  13. #13 mathyoo
    September 30, 2008

    I think you have to read his blog carefully. He seems to throw very subtle satire and sarcasm in unexpected places, and sometimes you can miss it.

  14. #14 PZ Myers
    September 30, 2008

    The guy had a very popular blog for a while — one of the top academic blogs. He abruptly called it quits, except for some guest writing here and there, and now he’s reviving it.

    Another hint. Two words to keep in mind when reading Bérubé: “arch” and “wry”. Maybe that will help.

    Man, but the blogosphere is harsh and fickle. Fella goes away for a few years, and everyone forgets.

  15. #15 Pyrrhonic
    September 30, 2008

    PZ @ #10,

    I didn’t initially see your post as sarcastic, so I wasn’t sure of your take on Berube.

  16. #16 Pierce R. Butler
    September 30, 2008

    My ignorance increases daily: having spent some time on various edges, I thought I knew a little bit about danger, but had no idea it was a subject of specialized academic interest.

    (reminded of day’s chore list, picks up chainsaw and wanders off…)

  17. #17 Markus
    September 30, 2008

    His site doesn’t have an RSS-Feed?? Or did I miss something …

  18. #18 tsg
    September 30, 2008

    I didn’t initially see your post as sarcastic, so I wasn’t sure of your take on Berube.

    Neither did I. My joke was misplaced.

  19. #19 Romeo Vitelli
    September 30, 2008

    It took a bit of googling for me to figure out what dangeral meant. So Berube is cool for inventing his own word? I owe all the idioglossia patients I used to help treat a big apology for not taking them more seriously.

  20. #20 gg
    September 30, 2008

    PZ wrote: “We’re obviously in a cultural meltdown of epic proportions.”

    I understand that excuse #2 that the Republicans used concerning the failure of the bailout bill — after their ‘hurt feelings’ argument — was angst over the return of Brub.

  21. #21 Sili
    September 30, 2008

    Well, two years ago the only blog I read was Badscience (and the neverending homepage of Jimmy Johnson, but that only got blogified this year).

  22. #22 Cris
    September 30, 2008

    We’re obviously in a cultural meltdown of epic proportions.

    We are all giant nuclear fireball now.

  23. #23 Michael Brub
    September 30, 2008

    Dystopian? Moi? I take umbrage, sir, and I demand satisfaction.

    Besides, this should be a happy time! Let’s not bicker and argue about ‘oo killed ‘oo.

  24. #24 Ichthyic
    September 30, 2008

    We are all giant nuclear fireball now.

    Somebody set us up the bomb?

  25. #25 Ichthyic
    September 30, 2008

    Fella goes away for a few years, and everyone forgets.

    publish or perish.

  26. #26 E.V.
    September 30, 2008

    Dystopian? Moi?

    No you are moribund, Stross is dystopian.

  27. #27 Chris Clarke
    September 30, 2008

    Fella goes away for a few years, and everyone forgets.

    Years? Hell, I stopped for a couple weeks to move a few hundred miles, and people still refer to me in the past tense.

    I’m never sure whether it’s wistful or thankful past tense, but there you go.

  28. #28 JayDenver
    September 30, 2008

    I feel a great disturbance in the force.

  29. #29 Sanity Jane
    September 30, 2008

    Besides, this should be a happy time! Let’s not bicker and argue about ‘oo killed ‘oo.

    And he channels Michael Palin. What’s not to like?

  30. #30 Sven DiMilo
    September 30, 2008

    Hey, I remember Beruby Beroobe Barubee that guy! Hockey, right? And The Beatles? Derrida, Foucalt, et al.? Wasn’t there, like, a big Show Trial, or something? It didn’t make any sense, and it was about that other guy who used to blog…Clerk? Clark? something…

  31. #31 woody, tokin librul
    September 30, 2008

    Berube’s smarter, better read, more literate, funnier, more acerbic, and more often right than 99.5% of the blogosphere…

  32. #32 The Cheerful Nihilist
    September 30, 2008

    Hey, he’s at Penn State and he’s dangerous. Maybe this is the guy to desecrate the Koran someone was looking for in yesterday’s thread.

  33. #33 xebecs
    September 30, 2008

    His posts about his son Jamie are some of the best ever to appear anywhere on the internet. For them alone, I adore the man.

  34. #34 Chris Clarke
    September 30, 2008

    Sven, you’re remembering it wrong. Derrida and Foucault were not in the Beatles. You’re thinking of the Velvet Underground. Hope that helps.

  35. #35 Colin
    October 1, 2008

    Michael’s spectral, not marginal. See Derrida’s _White Light, Blank Sheet_ (Stanford University Press, 1992).

  36. #36 Sven DiMilo
    October 1, 2008

    Right, right…thanks Chris. I alwyas get my Sixties Supergroups confused. Coincidentally, I was just listening to Jonathan Richman and the Postmodern Lovers in my car.

  37. #37 Sven DiMilo
    October 1, 2008

    p.s. Colin, that was funny.

  38. #38 shonny
    October 1, 2008
    Posted by: woody, tokin librul | September 30, 2008 5:44 PM
    Berube’s smarter, better read, more literate, funnier, more acerbic, and more often right than 99.5% of the blogosphere…

    Hmmm…OK.
    Dickens’s (Charlie, that Pommie bloke) motto was ‘why use one word when ten will suffice.’
    Brub seems to have taken that to heart.

  39. #39 Arnosium Upinarum
    October 2, 2008

    “I teach American literature and cultural studies at Penn State University. And I am very dangerous. Boo.”

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  40. #40 gyokusai
    October 10, 2008

    Thanks, PZ, for directing us to this guy’s blog. Brub manages to churn out one absolutely priceless post after another. And for once, gosh darnit!, he’s from that academic demarcation line’s dreaded other side! That’s totally awesome.

    ^_^J.

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