From Nancy Gish:
> I also think that this forum does become a place where sometimes current
> issues are discussed precisely because there is a sense of "knowing"
> other members--not personally but as an intellectual community. And
> those are people one might like to hear from or talk with in crises.
Well, maybe. But there's something sadly ironic about the description of the
TSE list as an 'intellectual community'. Over the past few days, some
intellectuals on this forum have been subjected to some incredible attacks.
Their professional credentials all but became terms of abuse for some
posters. I know that war and the accompanying hysteria often stir up
anti-intellectualism, but I hadn't thought I would see so much of it on a
forum devoted to TS Eliot. I mean, Eliot was a philosopher by training, a
poet, critic, lecturer, and editor of the Criterion. If he wasn't an
intellectual, what was he?
This reinforces my suspicion that some very active posters joined the list
for other reasons than an interest in Eliot. That's why I am really
surprised that you still bother to answer some of their posts, when it's
clear that 1) they're on this list to wreak havoc 2) they're only too happy
to see that their provocations sometimes work 3) they've resorted to the
worst kind of ad hominem attack against you.
You have my sympathy, but how you still bother to engage with their
'arguments' is beyond me.
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