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January 9, 2008

The Frenzy of Renown

Walking back from the Cliopatria banquet on Friday night (see photographs here), some of the participants had a brief experience of the leap from blogospheric glory to real-world fame.

A guy on the street -- in his early twenties, it seemed, and too casually dressed to be in town for the American Historical Association, probably -- saw a cluster of us approaching and seemed to take notice. As we started to pass, he stopped us.

"Are you Juan Cole?" he asked Juan Cole.

"Yes, I am," said Juan Cole.

Who, it turns out, is quite used to that kind of thing.

Posted by smclemee at January 9, 2008 9:23 AM


We got separated into two groups, so unfortunately I missed this scene. Had you been with us, you would have seen a well-known lesbian historian compromise her reputation by embracing a ... well, a man ... on Connecticut Avenue. And the conversation during the embrace was hilarious!

Posted by: Ralph Luker at January 10, 2008 12:44 AM