[Marxism] Redfriars - the Public School of the Socialist Workers Party

William Quimby quimbywm at gmail.com
Sat Feb 16 16:06:51 MST 2013

Just FYI and possibly only of pedantic interest, in one of the panels a
"Dicky Seymour" is reported to have started a newsletter, and one of the
figures in the panel, looking at the newsletter says "It's a perfectly
cromulent opuscule, Dickie."

In his blog Lenin's Tomb, Seymour reports that one of his critics slammed
him for using the word "opuscular" in his book on Hitchens. He quotes the
critic "The worst thing about Seymour’s book is that he thinks he writes as
well as Hitchens, with embarrassing consequences. It may be true that
Hitchens’s book on Thomas Paine was not his finest, but would anyone
with English as a first language suggest it should be classed as “a
somewhat opuscular component of the Hitchensian oeuvre”?

And he responds in defense "Heartbreaking stuff. In response to this
scathing indictment, I can only offer two defenses. The first is that the
sentence fragment quoted is both written in perfect English, and uses
its adjectives appropriately."

If I have excited your interest :) see the whole thing on Lenin's Tomb


If further interested in the use of totally meaningless and incomprehensible
(or is perhaps only to most of us using American English?), see Perry
Anderson's In The Tracks of Historical Materialism!

- Bill

On 02/16/2013 2:55 PM, Louis Proyect wrote:
> ======================================================================
This is way too British for me to appreciate, but I thought I'd send
> it along:
> http://www.heartfield.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/redfriars/Billy_Delta.htm

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