And one is the – to me – rather strange fact the highest echelons of the SBL are more upset by the word ‘sausage’ than other words in Roland Boer’s paper that are, to me, far more provocative.
I’m not really sure why Roland’s paper has been singled out. Anyone who has ever gone through the SBL program book has seen titles that aren’t only just ‘different’ but downright bizarre. And as far as I’m concerned, more offensive.
Roland’s methodology is to- at least in part – provoke discussion by the use of inneundo. Had the head of the SBL simply either ignored Roland’s title or written intentionally privately (by saying something like ‘this is in confidence’) then the entire episode never would have been an episode at all.
Still, I’m glad all the behind the scenes maneuverings are out in the open. Now we know what goes on in Atlanta when the annual meeting is being planned and what our membership fees go for- employing staff who can scan paper titles which have already been selected for presentation by session chairs in order to uncover potentially provocative words that ought to be cut out… at least so far as one or two persons are concerned.