Veteran UD readers know of her fascination with nihilism nada nothingness (“Some lived in it and never felt it but he knew it all was nada y pues nada y nada y pues nada. Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee.”) (“No-one is anything.“). She is particularly fascinated by the very expensive nothingness of certain American universities.

In the comment I’ve quoted in the headline to this post, a citizen of North Carolina grapples with the fact that her taxes pay for the University of North Carolina, a location she’s watching shrink into nothing. Entire instructorless, contentless, and evaluationless departments! By definition nothing should cost nothing. It’s an unimpeachable tautology: Nothing comes from nothing. Yet here she’s dishing out dough to underwrite nada nada nada. She feels like an idiot, a fool, a dupe. Shouldn’t a university be… something? Yet here’s the fuck-up ex-chancellor of UNC proclaiming that the most important job of the school’s leader, the thing that takes up virtually all of his time, is sports — sports, which has nothing to do with academics, and the ceaseless scandals that sports generates – the nothingness classes, the $500,000 to coach university leaders in scandal-talk… Where, she wonders, did the university go?

Here it is.

bookfireliebowitz

Here’s her university – one
robed figure clinging to the
book that’s survived
the nothingness.

Expect, in a few years,
to see this image on the
cover of UNC’s course catalog.

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2 Responses to ““As a taxpayer, I’m bothered by the fact there were courses without instructors, curriculum and exams.””

  1. Canticle for O’Connor « Log24 Says:

    […] Diaries today has a meditation on nothingness and the University of North […]

  2. dmf Says:

    could be worse, actual bomb throwing nihilists:
    http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S37/09/65E51/index.xml?section=topstories&src=redirect

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