29 July 2007

Amazingly nearly prescient

John Barnes had an interesting take on the Scott Thomas B. thang before his identity was revealed.

Note the date on this, the 24th.

"Scott Thomas", however, writes exactly like the mid-20s macho MFA student who is lying about an adventurous background. That list of symptoms I gave above is what every one of them I have encountered – probably around 50 in my lifetime – has written like. The point of those stylistic tics and content-fetishes is the same as the point of all the bizarre stories of mayhem, cruelty, and sheer shit-headedness that they tell in the bar after writing workshops: to confirm their role in the MFA program social system. Among the benefits of that role are free passes on certain kinds of bad behavior in class, sexual attractiveness to some other grad students (those with a thing for bad boys), and the maintenance of their interior movie in which they are played by some combination of James Dean, Bob Dylan, the younger Norman Mailer, and Hunter S. Thompson.

He continues on the same vein on the 26th, after PV2 B. came out of the proverbial closet.

Interesting. I've never heard of semiotics, but there must be something to it. . .

1 Comments:

Blogger Zero Ponsdorf said...

Fascinating links, as in where do you find this stuff?

As I was following this story I was admittedly thinking about Kerry.

And every wannabe I've come across.

The ball is now in your court.

Dance as fast as you can!

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