Harvard’s Feast of Grievance
The Ronald Sullivan affair is about everything—and nothing.
“The Sullivan affair is illustrative of how these episodes, which are so fraught with cultural meaning, end up contributing next to nothing about the underlying issues that everyone desperately wants them to illuminate,” argues
Excellent commentary from
on Harvard Ronald Sullivan story: "This is a feast of grievance, with all courses served at once, and competing to be the main"
"The [Ronald] Sullivan affair turned out to be complicated, but not so complicated that everyone couldn’t get his hit of the issue that energized him most." This is great by
Executed with such subtlety that readers on both sides might make it all the way to the last line before realizing they've been skewered.
"I am reliably informed that the broader American public cares about as much about Harvard scandals as Harvard alumni care about scandals at Boise State. But let us count the ways this contretemps strummed chords on the country’s cultural conscience."
"This is a feast of grievance, with all courses served at once, and competing to be the main."