Reluctantly

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  1. greg rappleye
    greg rappleye May 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm .

    Thank you for this.

  2. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm .

    J.H., I forgot to mention that I agree with you about Walcott as a poet. Which leads me to add that I don’t hold his blowhardiness against him. He says everything that really matters in his poetry; the rest is just chit chat….

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 15, 2009 at 9:57 pm .

    I am sure you’re right about Walcott’s motivations. But I wonder—answer for what? To whom? In my very first post on Seth’s blog I suggested that these victims need to come forward—to force Walcott to answer for his conduct. But as long as it’s all anonymous, or 27 year old news, I don’t see what can be done. Seth and the anonymous letter writers want to treat gossip as evidence, which I found "

  4. J.H. Stotts
    J.H. Stotts May 15, 2009 at 8:46 pm .

    the way i see it, walcott stepped down BECAUSE he didn’t want to answer for his conduct. he wasn’t taken out of consideration. so, if he was embarrassed and harassed, that’s just medicine. if he couldn’t stand it, or if he didn’t really want this lectureship, that was his call.<br /><br />btw, he teaches up the street from me, at BU, which doesn’t upset me much. his conduct, even if it has

  5. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 15, 2009 at 6:58 pm .

    I clearly did not defend sexual misconduct. Nor did I claim to know if it’s happened once, twice, or a thousand times; if all the victims came forward we might know something more than gossip about Walcott’s behavior. I also do not defend, as you do, giving credence to anonymous claims of harassment.<br /><br />And on the subject of being disingenuous, let’s see: you did not urge Walcott to

  6. Seth Abramson
    Seth Abramson May 15, 2009 at 5:29 pm .

    Joseph,<br /><br />Gently, I’ll say–you’re a little full of it, here.<br /><br />I disabled comments on my blog for those threads about Walcott once they became threatening. You didn’t see all the posts, because (natch) I removed them. To say "when people disagreed" is disingenuous at best.<br /><br />I’ve already responded to Kelby at Harriet; I have absolutely zero fear of doing so. She

  7. Seth Abramson
    Seth Abramson May 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm .

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