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Thursday, January 08, 2004
It's that time of the year again!

Yes, the Modern Language Association has just held its annual conference. Founded in 1883, the MLA's stated aim is to "strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature." An aim that appears to, er, have been compromised in recent years. This time around...well, you'll just have to read for yourself. This paragraph is particularly telling:

Just a few years ago, he noted, the Taliban was regularly attacked at MLA meetings for their treatment of women and likened to the American religious right. Now, there is only talk of how the United States has taken away the rights of the Afghan people.