“What we have in academia, in other words, is a microcosm of the American economy as a whole: a…”

“What we have in academia, in other words, is a microcosm of the American economy as a whole: a self-enriching aristocracy, a swelling and increasingly immiserated proletariat, and a shrinking middle class. The same devil’s bargain stabilizes the system: the middle, or at least the upper middle, the tenured professoriate, is allowed to retain its prerogatives—its comfortable compensation packages, its workplace autonomy and its job security—in return for acquiescing to the exploitation of the bottom by the top, and indirectly, the betrayal of the future of the entire enterprise.”

William Deresiewicz – Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education

“Text of pleasure: the text that contents, fills, grants euphoria; the text that comes from culture…”

“Text of pleasure: the text that contents, fills, grants euphoria; the text that comes from culture and does not break with it, is linked to a comfortable practice of reading. Text of bliss: the text that imposes a state of loss, the text that discomforts … unsettles the reader’s historical, cultural, psychological assumptions, the consistencies of his tastes, values, memories, brings into a crisis his relation with language.”

Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text, 14.