Near the end of 2012, Penn’s Office of Admissions was made aware of a series of online posts written by Nadirah Farah Foley [in which she] mocked a number of student essays she had come across in her work.
What types of horrible, inappropriate, deeply embarrassing excerpts did she post? The DP was happy to publish some samples:
Last Friday, Haaretz published Benny Ziffer’s thoughts on the Israeli cultural colonization of Herodium — an archaeological site in the West Bank — in an article titled Herodium turns into a cultural settlement (which I will quote extensively but not in its entirety because it is behind a paywall):
I don’t feel a particular need to justify this habit — but if I did, said justification would probably start with the following except from the January 20, 2013 edition of the New York Times Magazine. Please do enjoy:
Full disclaimer: this post contains not an ounce of original thought on my part. And I have no particular personal claim to the story: another member of my small group pointed it out to the rest of us. But I really like coincidences, and so far as I know, nobody else in my small group has a blog with which to have posted this particular coincidence online (though I’d be happy to be proven wrong), so here we go.
Philip Roth once said, “You can’t write good satirical fiction in America because reality will quickly outdo anything you might invent.” As this post will demonstrate, he was basically right: you may outrun reality for a while, but it will catch up soon enough.