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Unsolicited manuscripts cannot bernreturned unless accompanied by a self-addressedrnstamped envelope.rnChroniclesrnVol. 22, No. 8 August 1998rnPrinted Jiillie IJniletl Sl.iles of.]iicrLcarnPOLEMICS & EXCHANGESrnOn Plagiarismrnand PublishingrnTheodore Pappas’s depressing tale (“ThernLife and Times of the King PlagiarismrnStory,” May) of having his Plagiarismrnand tJie Culture War rejected by some 40rnpublishers onl)- begins to reveal the sorryrnstate of today’s highly selective “informationrnexplosion.” Even all the other dolefulrnClironicles articles recounting thernhorrors of publishing constitute a merernbeginning. There is a part omitted—thernease of “them” getting into print comparedrnto “us.” Visit any decent bookstorernor scan a publisher’s catalogue and onernwill see that “they” outnumber “us” by atrnleast ten to one, perhaps more. Virtuallyrnevery universit’ press has a series devotedrnto “queer” subjects, while pro-Marxistrnbooks continue to issue from respectablernhouses as if the Evil Empire were aboutrnto triumph. Publishers Weekly (Septemberrn30, 1996) offered an incompleternlisting of 123 new fall books on gav andrnlesbian topics. Meanwhile, my ConservativernBook Club entices me with a dietrnof “get rich quick” schemes and similarrnofferings of modest intellectual content.rnA two-volume review of Marxist academicrnscholarship by Marxists themselvesrn(hardly an upbeat crowd) was downrightrncelebraton’ regarding the proliferation ofrnbooks from respectable houses and freshrnjournals galore. The International Directoryrnoj Little Magazines and Small Pressesrn1997-1998 li.sts under “Lesbianism” 78rnseparate journals and 58 presses specializingrnin this subject (that’s 58 presses, notrnbooks), hiterestingly, no entrs’ existed forrn”Conservative.”rnIt is easy to dismiss this leftist outpouringrnwith the usual “somebody is alwaysrnwilling to publish drecJi, so what else isrnnew?” AAer all, even worse stuff outsellsrnthis rubbish 100 to 1. But what is criticalrnis not the dismal sales of books like WolfrnGirls at Vassar: Lesbian & Gav Experiences,rn1930-1990 (St. Martin’s).’ The significancernof this avalanche is that it becomesrnthe currency used to purchase thernacademy. It makes no difference if thernnonsense is bought, read, or understood.rnAs leftists of all stripes seek professorialrnjobs and eventually tenure, they arernasked to provide scholarly publications asrntheir admission ticket. With armies ofrnanxious-to-please presses and specializedrnjournals needing new material from arnrelative handful of “scholars,” academicrnadvancement is a snap. And what dean isrnwilling to announce that this dreary,rnturgid babble is not “authentic scholarship”?rnWliy risk being deconstructed inrnfull public view? Meanwhile, those whornprofes.s “dangerous” conservative ideasrnare asked for two forms of pichire ID plusrna birth certificate if they insist on payingrnwith cash. It is no wonder that the academyrnhas fallen so quickly to the left—theyrnprint their own money.rnThis is even more remarkable if onernstops to think that “we” supposedly havernthe power and money (and the numbersrnand the correct answers, to boot). Canrnany group of smart, talented people bernthis inept? Obviously yes. Where’s thernvast right-wing conspiracy when we real-rn1)- need it? Certainly not in publishing.rnTheodore Pappas’s experiences raisernsome deeply troubling questions aboutrntaking care of our own. Perhaps hernshould title his third edition MartinrnLuther King as Martin Luther Queen:rnThe Crisis of Textual Deviancy in thernModem Hero. If our society can have arnHothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terroristrnor Semi-Dwarf Quarterly (both real),rnwe certainly can have well-researchedrnbooks about public figuresrncommitting plagiarism. Complaining isrngood therapy, but all this fun should notrnobscure the lousy job we are doing in gettingrnour ideas out.rn— Robert WeissbergrnUniversity of IllinoisrnUrbana, ILrnOn Academic PublishingrnChronicles’ May issue (“Wlio Killed thernBook?”) leaves open the question of howrnscholars publish their books now thatrnthe university presses have abandoned allrnpretense of serving the academic community.rnShort-run scholarly monographsrn—300-700 hundred copies—arernthe primary medium of scholarly communicationrnat that level of technicalrninastery and expert knowledge requiredrnfor serious learning to take place. In fact,rnthough the state of American bookrnpublishing is bleak, today no area of publishingrnso thrives as the short-run scholar-rn4/CHRONICLESrnrnrn