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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Sunday April 18, 2004
07:14 PM


[ #18385 ]
Dear Log,

«[...] Harold Bloom [...] set the pattern of patronizing dishonesty in recent Mormon studies a decade ago when he published The American Religion, a wordy paean to Joseph E. Smith, Jr.. Bloom patronized Mormonism as the quintessential American theology--not that Bloom believed Smith's ludicrous account of finding those elusive "golden plates" in upstate New York, or that Bloom himself would dream of converting to Smith's corny creed. He implied, rather, that it was the perfect religion for those poor, lesser souls marooned in pelagic America, the wasteland between the coasts. Americana, the last refuge of the fading intellectual.»

--"God Told Us to Kill You - and the Baby": John Dolan's review of the book Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

I don't like Harold Bloom.

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  • But the odd thing about that book,and him, is that he praises American Gnosticism as he calls it (including Mormonism) so much, and then later on he declared that he himself was a Gnostic. I think because it sounded cool. So I'm not sure he was patronizing. I think he might dig moving to Provo and getting lots of wives. I hope he is assigned Naomi Wolf.