2006 09 13
1. That NYU “never understood a word I said” is only a small over-statement. Or rather, if certain professors partly did understand a point, a Gestalt, some of the time, the English department, the university as a whole, never did. Papers were graded that hadn’t been read. Papers were graded that hadn’t been understood. Comments in class drew a big blank, or were interrupted: were in one case shouted down. My answers to questions asked were repeatedly interrupted. The testing was about as appropriate as those reported in the gospels of Pilat testing Jesus: there was an agenda: to misunderstand. Truth was never the goal. Pilat didn’t interview everyone the same. I’m not suggesting that my experience was typical. I can’t know, but I suspect, that it was because of the nature of my input: regularly anti-authoritarian. My doctoral thesis would have read Shakespeare’s Sonnets in terms of human experience being discrepant with enthroned orthodoxy.
2. I didn’t see in 1964 that the substance of my Shakespeare thesis was properly acknowledged.
3. Six, seven years later I still didn’t see that the substance of my Shakespeare thesis was properly acknowledged.
4. Finally my orals committee simply interrupted me: repeatedly.
5. Worst, I’ve seen no evidence in the decades since that NYU has gotten it since: or has any awareness of what it did.