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"Wizard freaks invade Reading University" part 2
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I was wondering who were the authors of the two papers named in the Grauniad hatchet job. Beings and the Beast: Free Will, Destiny, Contagion for Animagi and Werewolves was by a Canadian medievalist, while The Rule of Law or the Crumpled Horned Snorkack? (or to give it its correct title, Which beast is more fantastic: the rule of law or the crumpled horned snorkack?) was by ajhalluk. I can't speak for the former, but I've read a fair bit of what AJ Hall has written, and I don't think that I'd dare refer to her as "pseudo-intellectual".

I'd comment on the fact that the author managed to misquote the titles of both papers, but I guess that could have conceivably happened elsewhere in the editorial process...


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A Grauniad hack described AJHall as a "pseudo intellectual"?

Ooooh, I think there might be a job for me in Farringdon after a tragic death shortly!

Quite possibly. I'm awaiting either a letter in tomorrow's Naurgiad, or a lengthy rant from the "pseudo-intellectual" in question.

I know, I was rendered speechless for, ooh, minutes. That was one of the best talks there! (that didn't involve Steve Vander Ark.)

I read the article and was frankly somewhat horrified. I think this takes the biscuit:

"And finally there are the Potter scholars, dressed in suits, carrying Humbert Humbert briefcases and talking about a Derridean reading of Rowling's corpus."

Thanks for the insinuations of paedophilia, Tanya.

Of course, Lolita. I'd not noticed that one...

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