On Fri, 5 Feb 1999, Carl Remick wrote:
> Silly me, I was reacting to the *substance* of what Denis Dutton said,
What substance, Carl? Dutton's contest is all about elevating style over substance. As he says himself in his introduction "It doesn't matter what you say when you write in this style." And he dutifully ignores all substance. The contest itself, by its very name, embodies his intent to judge sociological writing entirely, without remainder, on the basis of its style. And to be proud of it -- downright smug. That's what makes his assault so ludicrous. None of the objects of his ire can hold a candle to him when comes to precisely the sin he is denouncing.
__________________________________________________________________________ Michael Pollak................New York City..............mpollak at panix.com