Sunday, July 22, 2007

Birds of Academe

The negative attitude of the University establishment was not so much directed against his Lamarckian theories, but rather an expression of the usual hostility of the grey birds in the groves of Academe against the coloured bird with the too-melodious voice.

Arthur Koestler, The Case of the Midwife Toad (NY: Random House, 1971), 49-50.
My friend Aldo Carrasco quoted this wonderful observation on academia in a letter (August 17, 1982). All these years later, I decided to track down its source.
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Letters from Aldo

The Case of the Midwife Toad (Museum of Hoaxes)

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