I have opinions. This is the main scourge of my life and it is also hugely annoying to the people around me. As a scholar of literature, I believe that everything that surrounds us is a text. Books, newspaper articles, movies, buildings, human beings, and even candy wrappers can and should be read and analyzed. I cannot watch a TV show, go to a restaurant or a grocery store without analyzing everything I see in ideological terms. It's a lot of fun for me but a little less fun for those who accompany me in these activities.
Initially, I thought that the academic world would provide me with a space to express my opinions. Then I discovered that some of my articles cannot be published because they are considered politically incorrect. I was told that there are subjects that I should not discuss with my students because they (the subjects? the students? both?) are "too sensitive." I also realized that many of the things that bother me should not be aired not only during the departmental meetings but also in informal discussions with my colleagues.
As a result, I bugged the hell out of the people in my life with my opinions, attempts at analysis, grievances, and complaints about the academia. In an effort to remove - at least partially - the burden of having to deal with my critical zeal from my loved ones, I have started this blog.