P.S.J. and V.T. both shared this: Harold Bloom died at 89. With his death, we've lost one of the last sane voices in Amairikuhn quackademia:

Harold Bloom, RIP

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Robert Barricklow on October 29, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    His parents didn’t know English. Yet he taught himself Yiddish at 3; Hebrew at 4; and English at 5.
    He refused to compromise his values in an academic group think on a mono-peer-trending-driven-hierarchy.
    He was a true Marxist; Grouch Marx that is. Bloom’s motto: what ever it is, I’m against it.
    My favorite is his literary criticism; for example both Stephen king & Harry potter were called,
    ” Eskimo lesbian fiction”!

    • Robert Barricklow on October 29, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      The only genuine original was Shakespeare he said.
      There is no God but God, he wrote, and his name is
      William Shakespeare.

      Bloom will be missed.

  2. Hidden Wally on October 16, 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I studied and had to learn Bloom’s Taxonomy to teach thinking skills about 10 years ago while working on a Special Ed credential. This was right after No Child Left Behind was passed but before the disastrous change from the Scottish model of educating an intelligent citizen to the English model of just enough education to get the job done. (This may not do justice to the current English model of education, but then again, maybe it does.)


  3. Robert Barricklow on October 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Although I didn’t read Bloom; there are few authors that “get it” and reach the mainstream. A few have passed I truly miss like Jim Marrs. Others like James Clavell were story tellers par excellence.

    Just today I started reading The Other End of the Line by Andrea Camilleri and found he had recently gone blind.
    Still here; and so is Inspector Montalbano!

    • Robert Barricklow on October 17, 2019 at 11:44 pm

      My wife started asking me questions about Andrea Camilleri. So I wikied him.
      Sadly, he died three month ago today. End of the line.
      But he has one Montalbano book still to be published, 2020.
      He lives on in his work.
      [His first book was published when he was 69!]

  4. Nidster - on October 16, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Sad news for certain.. But, at least Victor Davis Hanson, and of course you, are still with us!!!

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