Tuesday, September 1, 2009

By any other name

As a rule, the Boston Globe spends way too much effort reporting on Harvard, trying I suppose to appeal to readers like me. With this little jest of Harvardiana, though, they've succeeded.

What I'd like to see is more than a one-time nod to simpler yesteryear in wry promotion of a newly published book. Harvard's students - and professors, too - need more reinforcement of the proud old and now disused habit of bullshit detection. More than passing familiarity with its odor would be a good place to start.

(Yes, I know that Faith, neƩ Pride, is not actually a bull, but there's a sweet little joke in that, too. In these welcome days of feminism, why shouldn't a cow be equally able to instruct in the art of literal bullshit?)

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