A Correspondent on Pink Briefs and Black Madonnas

April 20, 2023

In Books Cancel Culture And Academic Freedom Identity Politics Letters To Finkelstein

Ever since those radicals and progressives decided to relax the dress code in my office, the young man who sits opposite me is practically down to his underwear! It’s most distracting. I know this might seem trivial but when you factor in that he’s making important, sometimes life-changing decisions about whether (often vulnerable) individuals should be allowed disability benefits, I just think there’s something a bit off about doing it in Speedos! Now, if I dared to suggest we ought to be perhaps a tad more conservative in our turnout, if only to reflect the gravity of our work, there is no doubt in my mind, I’d be flogged through the streets or put away like Dumbo’s mother! I wonder if Kyle Kulinski would acknowledge my right to be heard or whether he might be the first in line to dispatch me. At the risk of sounding a bit woo-woo, I think the universe sometimes presents us with modest epiphanies and leaves it up to us to recognise them. Maybe this interview with you will turn out to be one such moment for Mr Kulinski. He’s an impressive young man, I do hope he’ll ponder it once he’s calmed down!


I’ve just finished your book, Professor. It’s brought me joy and laughter. I must tell you this briefly: While reading the Obama section, I was reminded of a chapter in a book I once read entitled “How to spot a bastard by his star sign”. I’m guessing you’ve not found a space on your shelf for that particular publication, slender though it is, so here’s the gist of it. Chapter 2: The Leo bastard – The life and loves of Leo. Written by Leo, produced by Leo, starring Leo, directed by Leo…and so on.  Imagine my shock and awe then upon googling to find, you guessed it, President Barack Obama is in fact an ACTUAL LEO! Spooky, no?

Hope you’re well.