“one crazy s.o.b.”

I am not one of those folks given to hand wringing over the death of print culture; maybe it’ll happen, maybe it won’t. One thing I will miss, though, is finding kooky inscriptions in library books. I’m sure we all recall my previous post about inappropriate inscriptions. Now, another, this one from a copy of Geoff Sirc’s English Composition as a Happening:

Sirc Note

In addition to the fluorescent blue “hmmm” lingering under the highlighted phrase “sexual chocolate,” another note, written in a different hand: “He’s one crazy SOB; God love him !

I’m moved by this reader-writer’s unbridled, ecstatic enthusiasm for the text, even while I’m not sure why one would bother writing valedictory comments like this in the first place–esp. in a library copy. Oh well.

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3 Responses to ““one crazy s.o.b.””

  1. mlmcginnis Says:

    Well, Sirc is offering a model of comp pedagogy and practice that is offered as a response to what he sees as the tired forms of current-traditional and process pedagogies. Given this sort of polemic stance, Sirc’s prose is sort of prone to ecstatic polemics, which lead to passages that riff like Burroughs or someone of that nature.

    It’s pretty sweet– it’s got a lot to say about the limits of c-t and process theories.

  2. Clay Says:

    Sweet! So, I get the “hmm” comment as a response to “sexual chocolate” – but why is he a “Crazy SOB?” I am not familiar with the text, so any guesses here?

  3. 1jargoncomputer Says:

    Well, I think I’ll miss Jeff Pruchnic’s means of denoting the passages that he is dissatisfied with (“FU”). Perhaps, though, we can approach the digital book in much the same fashion. Hopefully, one day, we will be provided the option of defacing books online? Perhaps, we already have this option?


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