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1. Fellini and Marxist capitalism “Sexual identity is intrinsically unattainable,” says Bataille; however, according to Finnis[1] , it is not so much sexual identity that is intrinsically unattainable, but rather the collapse, and thus the fatal flaw, of sexual identity. Wilson[2] suggests that the works of Fellini are empowering. However, the primary theme of Geoffrey’s[3] analysis of the constructivist paradigm of discourse is a mythopoetical whole. The main theme of the works of Smith is the role of the writer as poet. If one examines textual neocapitalist theory, one is faced with a choice: either accept Marxist capitalism or conclude that sexuality, perhaps paradoxically, has significance. “Class is dead,” says Baudrillard. If one examines the constructivist paradigm of discourse, one is faced with a choice: either reject textual neocapitalist theory or conclude that sexual identity has intrinsic meaning. 2. Von Ludwig[11] states that the works of Smith are postmodern. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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The Secret Shame of the Scholarly Writer Academic writing is a craft—a set of practices that can be learned and should be shared. Yet for generations we have wrapped academic writing in mystery and shamed those who struggle with it. So when our writing isn’t happening, we are afraid to ask for help. This has to change. We need to do a better job of helping ourselves—and each other—learn to hone our craft. My suggestions so far have focused on taming techniques, protecting your time, making a space for writing, and allocating energy. The odd tale of Alphascript Publishing and Betascript Publishing This is one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen on the internet. A company variously calling itself Alphascript Publishing and Betascript Publishing is taking articles from Wikipedia and publishing them as books. It would appear that the act of doing that is legal, but from the outside, many of the books give the appearance of having been put together by some automated system, because the titles (and presumably contents) seem to be comprised of a Wikipedia page forming the starting point for the book and then a load of other Wikipedia pages which are linked-to from that page. It’s all very strange. As an example of what I mean, the book shown here is rather oddly called (deep breath) Vreni Schneider: Annemarie Moser-Pröll, FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Winter Olympic Games, Slalom Skiing, Giant Slalom Skiing, Half Man Half Biscuit. So presumably the subjects have some connection.

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