John sent me these incredibly amusing videos last night. (He's been reading the Library of America Sontag and doing research for a piece.) First watch this:
Then watch this (being "being smug about her smugness," as John put it):
"I am the Sontag of the '90s," says Camille Paglia. Says Sontag: "Who is Camille Paglia?"
I met Christopher Lydon once. He emceed the Mass Poetry Festival the year I sort of "opened" for Patricia Smith and Mark Doty. Christopher Lydon was incredibly nice to me, said "That was great!" after my reading and told me "I'd like to interview you." I had no idea who he was. On the drive home John said, shocked and amazed, "Christopher Lydon wants to interview you?!" I said "Who's Christopher Lydon?" (Patricia Smith and Mark Doty were both very rude to me, by the way. Lydon never called.)
Whether or not Susan Sontag actually knew who Camille Paglia was, I love the idea of strategic ignorance. (Who is Mark Doty?)
Who is the person in your field that you'd get the most political mileage out of ignorance of their existence?