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September 12, 2005

What They’re Reading on College Campuses

September 12, 2005 | By | One Comment

Remember Professor Pottymouth?


Now comes the bestseller rankings: #1 is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. No surprise there.

And from Princeton is #6 Bullsh*t, by (tenured) Professor Harry G. Frankfurt*.

These two academic achievements have one thing in common: neither have footnotes.

*As ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 9, 2005.

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  1. If he had used the term “malarky” instead of “b*llsh*t,” would you still object to the book?

    “Bullshit” is the most common contemporary term for what he was writing about: reckless disregard for the truth (as opposed to intentioanlly saying something false.)

    I haven’t read the book, but I heard the professor interviewed by Al Franken on Franken’s radio show, and I don’t think his choice of word was salacious.

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