June 9, 2014 10:38 AM Subscribe
We need a theory of jerks. We need such a theory because, first, it can help us achieve a calm, clinical understanding when confronting such a creature in the wild. Imagine the nature-documentary voice-over: ‘Here we see the jerk in his natural environment. Notice how he subtly adjusts his dominance display to the Italian restaurant situation…’ And second – well, I don’t want to say what the second reason is quite yet.
The Phenomenology Of Being A Jerk, and Aaron James' Theory Of Assholes, a review of James' book, which according to the blurb is "In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit," reviewed at Bookforum by Heather Havirlesky:
White-Scholar Crime - A new, profanely titled tract highlights the shortcomings of the cottage industry of pop philosophizing.
Assholes: A Theory turns out to be a way of taking a subject that’s naturally evocative and spicy, and digesting it until it becomes limp and bland and tasteless. James’s exercise amounts to stating the obvious at a maximum word count.Higher Social Class Predicts Increased Unethical Behavior (previously, previously) and maybe a neat solution to the high-class jerk problem.
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