Rude references

Sheldon Klein (sklein@CS.WISC.EDU)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 10:21:42 -0500

My apologies to Ruby Rohrlich for accidently offending her with a reference
to a rather well-known work by Le'vi-Strauss [The Savage Mind]. I fear that
I have been an academic too long, and am out of touch with current fashions.
I seem to remember a time when a reference to a few pages in work well-known
in th field was socially acceptable.

"Date: Mon, 28 Aug 1995 23:02:52 -0400
From: Ruby Rohrlich <rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU>
Subject: Re: Le'vi-Strauss: How to strip wit & conten

Read: It's totally amazing that the addition of the word "with" (and
here I don't at all object to the dangling participle) makes the sentence
comprehensible. Your posting is much briefer and much more polite than the
one by the guy who told me to read some pages in the relevant book, which
I don't happen to own. I do feel ashamed that I didn't think of adding
"with" myself; I used to read French a lot and translate it, too, but
that was long ago. Many thanks, Read, and best regards. Ruby


Yours sincerely,
'The other guy'

Prof. Sheldon Klein

Computer Sciences Dept. Linguistics Dept.
University of Wisconsin 1163 Van Hise
1210 W. Dayton St. University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 53706 Madison, Wisconsin 53706