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Reading Judith Butler in Old Age

Comment of the week

Marc Tracy
May 13, 2011
(Ravi Joshi/Tablet Magazine)
(Ravi Joshi/Tablet Magazine)

Winner gets a free Nextbook Press book appropriate to his or her comment (provided he or she emails me at [email protected] with his or her mailing address).

This week’s award goes to “Dani Levi,” who wrote, apropos Noam Chomsky’s declaration that he isn’t necessarily sure Osama Bin Laden committed 9/11, “The man writes as if he is an east German border guard who smoked some very strong sprayed weed. Legendary! I’d hate to read Judith Butler when she is his age. Oh boy, I will be around then.”

“Dani Levi” gets a copy of David Mamet’s The Wicked Son, which purports to explicate, as its subtitle promises after “anti-Semitism” and before “the Jews,” “self-hatred,” which is the only explanation I can think of for Chomsky’s masochism.

Chomsky Is Still … Being Chomsky
The Wicked Son [Nextbook Press]

Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.