Harold Bloom, literary lion, loses his shit on Potter fans…again

Harold Bloom

Some of those New York intellectual types can be rather tightly wound. Here, the OriginalUnoriginal reports as eminence grise Harold Bloom, the king of litcrit heavyweights, Sterling Professor for the Humanities at Yale University, and Berg Professor of English and American Literature at New York University, goes apeshit on some hapless Pottermaniacs.

“It’s crap! It’s fucking crap! It’s double fucking crap!” He ranted at the assembly of overtly nerdy adults and blank-faced children – many wearing faux dark-rimmed glasses and wizard hats – who seemed more perplexed by Bloom’s sub-references than intimidated by his harangue.

“What’s a Northrop Frye?” one school-aged boy with an “I Heart Hogwarts” t-shirt asked his mother.

“I don’t know,” she responded. “Maybe some kind of breakfast special?”

He was taken away in an ambulance, attended closely by officers of the NYPD, but was expected to make a full recovery after a course of treatment at St. Mungo’s Hospital.

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88 thoughts on “Harold Bloom, literary lion, loses his shit on Potter fans…again

  1. This is very worrying

    Is this the fate that awaits those who do not cease eating cheese in time ..

    …. Is this Tromed Lov ……

    Fragen …. und noch mehr Fragen

  2. Oh for F—’s sake, it’s a childrens book that people like, get over it fat git.
    Why are most ‘intellectuals’ fat gits?
    Define ‘intellectual’ please – pompous gits who do nothing but actually get paid for complaining ALL THE TIME.
    We could do that, I’d need a few donuts though.

    Fifth Elelment – hilarious!

  3. Not only that, but if you read his original attack you’ll see that he considers the New York Times to be lower than Fox News, and he does not know the difference between Tolkien and CS Lewis.

  4. Don’t know the difference between his Tolkien and his CS Lewis … that’s ridiculous. Tolkien had dirty hobbits while Lewis had a lying bitch in a wardrobe.

  5. I agree with Bloom, the Potter books are for readers who don’t bother to read. I don’t mind that, because most people will never listen and learn.
    I do not see his “shit” as shit ( the use of that word or other “funny” words tells more about the one who makes the remark than about Blooms comments) or as an attack. I read in his comments the thoughts of a very learned man who is truly worried. He has every reason to be worried. One only has to read the comments on this page.

    The much heard argument that Potter readers at least read, where does that go? Reading in stead of doing what? And Bloom is right, they will not learn to really read by reading Potter.

    Without intellectuals there is no culture. People that state not to like intellectuals are crying out loud that they don’t know the meaning of the word. Look up the word : http://www.thefreedictionary.com/intellectual
    And do they know anything about reading? No! That one learned to read, doesn’t mean that one knows how to read. Potter readers want the story, they don’t want to know about how to read.

    Children’s books? Read by millions of adults. Should we not give only the best to our children. Is it o.k. that it is badly written cliché reading stuff because it is only for children?

    Well, you can all explode now into shitty witty fun. I am going to another world with the poems by Carol Moldaw

  6. My, aren’t we pretentious? Apparently you’re not interested in debate, only in dropping your condescension on blogs and walking away with your nose in the air. Wait, you dropped something…a name…and your dignity.

    You DO understand, O Diogenes, that the article quoted above is a spoof. I mean, like, you get that, right?

  7. I s’pose this is old news, but this guy ripped off British scientist and author Peter Russell, (See Russell’s book, The Global Brain, written in the ’80s.) The man’s a HAWG.

  8. You’re write on both counts: it didn’t make any sense AND this is the wrong place to apologize to Harold Bloom.

    But it is also really amusing, so comment away!

  9. You uh… you guys do realize that this whole story is a gag right? Harold Bloom never actually said those things…

    I mean he does hate Harry Potter but he never lost his shit on a line of enthusiasts

  10. What on Earth do you mean? All of my comments are 100% completely, totally sincere, and you can ask Xenu: he’ll be happy to give me a glowing reference. Just be sure to shield it with lead before reading.

  11. Mr. Bloom is absolutely wright, more and more people are becoming stupider. If people were to read serious works of literature the world would be a better place, but instead they go with the fads which we know are not always (if not never lasting). Mr. Bloom just wants to prevent the world’s readers to become assholes, but if people don’t get that it’s their lost. DUMB ASSES!

  12. Well

    Um

    Je shuffle embarrassantement de le talon sinistre a le talon droit

    Senor Umberto l’explique a tout le monde

    C’est tres difficile pour disagreer avec Senor Umberto

    L”Aigle Gris

  13. Well, the only person replying to your comments at all is me. I think you need a blog, so you can speak Brazilish to Brazillions of Brazilians everywhere.

  14. You know Umberto, it’s probably a good idea for you not to take personal responsibility for every suicide around the world. If I were you, I’d get a blog and become fascinated with myself instead of other people. It’s healthier for everyone.

  15. Umberto, you amaze me. That was one of the most confusing and enlightening three and one half hours of my life. Thank you.
    I hope you get the respect you deserve, and good luck getting to go to the university and becoming a philosopher, I think you’d be good at it.
    All the best.
    Yours-

  16. Umberto is a wonder of nature, but I think he’s gotten pissed off since I started moderating his comments. I don’t let the violent ones go up, so I think he’s left us.

  17. Well, it was doing HIM no good either, so I kept them off the page. He’s schizophrenic, so allowing him to mess himself up would not be “responsible blog ownery” of me. But he does come back every few months.

  18. Well, for quite some time, he was the only one blogging. How do you mean that he might “mess himself up”?

  19. Well, he was posting physical threats to people and visions of genocide and stuff. Not good.

    And he has never blogged. He has commented on my blog, but not gotten one of his own.

  20. No, not good at all, I suppose. He really should get a blog… although, he did write books about himself, didn’t he?

  21. I’ve been offline. You want me to erase it? I actually treasure your comments, so what i’ll do is just hide it so I can see it but other people can’t. Will that work?

  22. (Philosophy – vacancy:22 my place:97)
    You can find almost anything in the web,like telepathy and poltergeist,but I found not “shared imagination”.What certainly means the rat nose and the green aura I saw in Gabriela Castellano were my first hallucinations(1990/91).Like the guy with long hair wearing a T-Shirt written Vio-lence,Sadus and Suicidal Tendencies and the logos disapear when I look back at him.I used to think:”how this people are intelligent! I never knew about it!” It happened with the teacher V. Kurak too, but in this case he just used the blue color and I used the red color back. The three are of USP.Gabriela and Kurak are phisicists;the other I think he was,too.
    The phisicist Vanderley (who studied in MIT) never said he was running for Nobel Prize.I read it in the paper,but later i realized …I mean,i didn’t read in the paper,it was a very realistic illusion.What a shame the insult in that second booklet.At less I didn’t wrote his whole name…he was a nice teacher.
    And I had seen some people who don’t exist,it is what i believe now,like the giant who passed by my side one time or another,the old man on the bus stop smiling to me with his polite clothes and his pocket gold watch,and,sure,the Jesus.
    I don’t think it was a “mad” who seemed and dressed like Jesus,I believe it was hallucination really.I gave him a cigarrette and he smoked by my side and went away.

  23. But you are also anti-Semitic. We’ve had this discussion before: you need to relax, get off the internet, and go for a walk or something. Be sure and take your meds and don’t stress.

  24. raincoaster,I have a wish you could realize.
    I am talking about you erase EACH post I sent here,since May 13,2008.It is an endless mount of injustified calumns.
    My medications have been changed and I am without allucinations.I am on Haldol injections and another pills.
    I didn’t want to write this here, but makes me feel so sad agressing people who i liked very much once,like Gilberto Capuzzo,mainly.
    So you should consider it.By me,you can erase it all.
    Thank you very much.

  25. Thanks, Umberto. I’ll take a look. If you want your comments taken down, I’ll take them down.

    Glad to hear you are doing much better. I hope you’re feeling good.

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