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How much do you want to bet that this year's big Pseudo Soc revelation... 
2nd-Feb-2008 07:08 am
Ys
...will be a rebuttal/further research-type paper that proves the Pearl-Poet is alive and well in the guise of Cate Blanchett Bob Dylan?

(Hi, everybody. Sorry for the silliness. Going again this year, and I see that most of you are, too. I should probably just go and scope out what the Pseudo Soc papers REALLY are - but, you know, a girl can dream...)
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2nd-Feb-2008 07:14 am (UTC)
*cough*WRITE IT!*cough*
2nd-Feb-2008 07:19 am (UTC)
Dude! For NEXT year's Pseudo Soc? I so will.
2nd-Feb-2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
The Pseudo Society papers are every bit as deranged as you imagine. The one two years ago about the Passions of Becket (which included fishing, reading books to small children, hangin' with his homies, getting a relaxing massage at a day spa, drinking, and being shot out of a cannon) nearly killed me because I couldn't breathe for laughing.

As for this year...

It includes a paper on "Dante in Ireland," which is making me giggle already, and one on "A Most Unwelcome Find: The Perugian Papers of Pope Innocent III," which sounds almost Tolkienesque. Go! You'll love it!


As for me, I'll be presenting on the cushion in my icon in Session 506 on Saturday afternoon, then going to the DISTAFF reception, then the Pseudo Society. When I will visit the Evil Book Room and spend money I don't have is still up in the air....
2nd-Feb-2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
That Beckett one was one of my favorites.
2nd-Feb-2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I seriously almost ended up falling into mizpagan's lap, I was laughing so hard. The introduction alone had me howling.

I also liked the one last year about the Saint and the Money Pit. "Hand-made Spanish tiles" indeed!
2nd-Feb-2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
The Saint and the Money Pit was gold.

I was also fond of the one two or three years back with the other lost letters of Abelard and Heloise. (Heloise: Grauida sum. Abelard: Sancta merda!)
2nd-Feb-2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I missed that one. It sounds hilarious, though.

There's a book of the best Pseudo Society papers from the first dozen or so years of the Society. My personal favorite is the one where a professor from the University of Massachusetts found the last panel of the Bayeux tapestry in an odd lot he bought at Hubbard's Auction Barn in Sunderland, Massachusetts (along with a UMass ashtray and a shot glass), cleverly disguised as an embroidery that read "DOMUS DULCIS DOMUS."

2nd-Feb-2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know *g* I was there last year and saw the brilliance with mine own eyes, yea verily. It's why I think for next year I might actually talk to the organizer of PS and say, hey, I have a rebuttal/further discussion type thingy in response to Chaucer still being with us...

(If that made no sense, it's because I'm really pissed on red wine right now. Apologies.)
3rd-Feb-2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I think the Pearl Poet as someone like, say, Ol' Dirty Bastard from the Wu Tang Clan would be hilarious.
5th-Feb-2008 06:01 pm (UTC) - psoc - not funny
Anonymous
the papers are usually terrible

they just aren't funny, at least to anyone with a sense of humour more developed than an american frat house

sorry to be critical, but they (on the whole) lack any sense of intellectual charm or wit
5th-Feb-2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
While I'll agree that a third to half of them (from what I saw last year and from what I've heard described of the "papers" in years past) are probably not as funny as they should be, I do think the remainder are genuinely funny. It takes as much intelligence to have a sense of humor about one's work as it does to, well, do one's work. If we were all straight-faced serious, all the time, academia would be a very dour and dull place indeed.
5th-Feb-2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
Indeed it does - agreed

I'm just saying that the majority of paper presenters/writers just can manage it

there IS a reason we're not all working standup, you know
5th-Feb-2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Well, of course there is ;) Look on the bright side: at least you have the choice not to attend!
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