With respect to everything that happened over the last few days, I simply want to note the following:
- My blog has been spammed. Folks, many of whose IPs trace back to the New School for Social Research and the surrounding area, have spent some time copying and pasting Simon et al.’s press release, among other things, and then pasting it through-out the comments section of my blog. The press release was posted in response to all of my blog stories and in response to many of the comments on my blog. Naturally, I spent the morning weeding all of these comments out. I already published all of this information and so reposting it over and over again will help nobody better understand the situation.
- Simon Critchley wrote me a personal email. Finally. Here, I appreciate him writing to me, given everything that happened. And I believe that most of what he wrote was genuine even if it did not admit any fault on his part. However, he finished the email by stating the following: “So, once again, allow [me] to apologize for any hurt that our actions may have caused you and the offer remains open to print an acknowledgement of your help with the book and an explanation of the situation in any future reprint.” This brings me to the third discovery of the morning.
- A friend noticed that there may indeed be a thinly veiled threat hidden within the press release. I will reproduce only the pieces of the press release that are significant.
To be frank, we felt that you had interposed yourself as an editor of the book without our agreement and we were slightly irritated by such behavior. We felt it was presumptuous, to say the least. Indeed, the three of us felt slightly manipulated by your actions. […] if you like, we could add your name to any future reprint of the book, adding a paragraph explaining how you came into the project but also why your name did not appear in the first edition.
If you look at the two bold sections of the press release, you can see that they are, indeed, offering to acknowledge the supposed fact that I had manipulated and thereby exploited them. Thus, they write that they would include a paragraph explaining how I came to be involved in the project and also why my name did not appear in the first edition. In the preceding paragraph they wrote precisely why they believed I did not appear in the first edition. In other words, they were threatening to put into print the fact that I, a graduate student laborer, exploited them and breached an agreement.