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1 researchok  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 12:15:48pm

Anna “Special Snowflake” Breslaw is long term job security for a therapist.

Lifetime job security.

2 Michael McBacon  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 12:20:44pm

I never thought I'd find myself agreeing with MJ Rosenberg and Noah David Simon of the JIDF on something (minus NDS's feminist rant).

3 sliv_the_eli  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 12:23:27pm

Poor little snowflake. I am afraid her screed says much more about her self than about the people she views with such disgust.

4 Sophia77  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 1:28:04pm

Good lord -

5 Sheila Broflovski  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 1:38:24pm

My question is Good Lord, WHY? This is not some drunken screed that one stupid blogger uploaded to a stupid blog, it was published in Tablet, which is supposed to be a magazine of culture and stuff (written and edited by elites who are better than you).

6 Bob Levin  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 1:56:42pm

re: #5 Learned Mother of Zion

Why? You posted a link to it, right? That's why. Eyes on the page.

7 Tiny Alien Kitties are Watching You  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 5:01:09pm

Wow...

I suppose she has never even imagined or thought to inform herself about the level of "survivor guilt" that the people she names have had to deal with. About how it was necessary (and heroic) for them to get up and speak out about what they had been thru, to inform the world, to honor the memories of those that didn't survive.

Nope, none of that has apparently even crossed her obviously and seriously "issue" riddled mind, instead she feels free to blame them for being the few to survive. Then goes on to assert that to do so was not simply a matter of luck or fortuitous timing but a clear sign of mendacity and connivance and then further impugns them as Judenscheisse.

WTFF? This woman needs some real help with her resentment issues, I hope she gets it.

8 Prideful, Arrogant Marriage Equality Advocate  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 7:17:26pm
didactic distrust of people with the extreme will to live.

Yes, there just somethin' down right shifty about folks who like livin!

9 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 7:59:34pm

That her father's parents are survivors suggests that this woman is too close to my age for this to be justified simply as a pouty twenty-something rant.

Unfortunately, I've heard this sort of thing before.

What surprises me, as Alouette says, is that Tablet agreed to publish this.

I hope Special Snowflake never has to find out if she has the courage of her convictions about not struggling indecently hard to survive.

10 CuriousLurker  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 8:39:56pm

re: #9 SanFranciscoZionist

I hope Special Snowflake never has to find out if she has the courage of her convictions about not struggling indecently hard to survive.

THIS.

I read the whole article and want to say something else, but I can't seem to find any words that can help me wrap my head around how someone arrives at the sorts of conclusions this woman has. It's as if she's an unfathomable alien.

Kafka. That's all that comes to mind. I only ever read one of his books, The Metamorphosis. I couldn't bear to read another. To me she is Gregor, and all I can do is retch as I lurch hastily toward the door in abject horror.

11 SanFranciscoZionist  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 9:10:10pm

OK, so I Google her, and get this:

[Link: heebmagazine.com...]

I think this woman's got some issues.

Meanwhile, Tablet is getting raked over the coals in the comments.

12 Mostly sane, most of the time.  Tue, Jul 17, 2012 9:48:28pm

Wait? They're scum for surviving? Her own grandparents? HER OWN GRANDPARENTS? What, did they forget to give you a big enough gift for your Bat Mitzvah?

I've always assumed that those that survived were younger, healthier, and frankly, a little luckier. I'm glad that they survived, because we needed a witness.

13 Sheila Broflovski  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:04:18am

I kind of think that nobody even bothered to read the review of "Breaking Bad" that was bundled together with this: this is the reason Tablet published it, they thought it was a review of a TV show, and their editors just weren't paying attention.

She also list "Jezebel" on her resume. I like "Jezebel" is it too much to hope they will never publish anything by her ever again?

14 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:31:53am

So fucking weird.

As an antidote to this, I recommend the heart-searching, soul-searching, beautiful and painful Survival In Aushwitz, by Primo Levi, camp survivor and wonderful human being.

15 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 5:15:19am

re: #14 Obdicut

Goddamn it typo grr.

Also by Levi on the subject, The Drowned and the Saved. Also brilliant, more focused on what motivated the guards and kapos, how this was allowed to occur, and what is going on now that is similar to the camps.

16 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 5:46:56am

Is this supposed to be some sort of ironic hipster joke on the holocaust where it is meant to be some sort of hipster praise for holocaust survivors while denigrating them that I am not getting? Why post this here?

17 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 6:06:46am

re: #16 Destro

I'm sorry, I understood you right up to 'why post this here'. Is there some reason you think it shouldn't be posted?

18 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 6:11:28am

re: #17 Obdicut

I'm sorry, I understood you right up to 'why post this here'. Is there some reason you think it shouldn't be posted?

You are right there should be no censorship, just trying to classify this. I post stuff the wackadoodle rightwing says all the time but to deride it and I don't see this in that vain.

Unless this is meant to praise the survivors using some sort of hipster asshole slang language I am not getting.

19 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 6:15:07am

re: #18 Destro

No idea why you're referencing censorship. You don't see this as being posted to deride it? Even with everyone, you know, deriding it?

How are you missing that everyone is deriding the article?

20 Sheila Broflovski  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 6:31:11am

re: #18 Destro

You are right there should be no censorship, just trying to classify this. I post stuff the wackadoodle rightwing says all the time but to deride it and I don't see this in that vain.

Unless this is meant to praise the survivors using some sort of hipster asshole slang language I am not getting.

I posted this here to show how out-of-touch and self-absorbed the cultural elite is, 1) for writing this crap and 2) greenlighting it for publication in their elite online magazine of culture & stuff. So yeah, to deride it.

21 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 8:45:50am

re: #20 Learned Mother of Zion

I posted this here to show how out-of-touch and self-absorbed the cultural elite is, 1) for writing this crap and 2) greenlighting it for publication in their elite online magazine of culture & stuff. So yeah, to deride it.

This article is indeed crap and should be derided but so is using a term like "cultural elite". Who is your ideal cultural leaders? People who live in trailer parks and think TV hasn't been any good since they cancelled "Hee Haw"?

Please try and not use Republican/Right wing/Conservative bull shit language like "cultural elite" at least not to me.

Beyond that I agree with what you wrote.

22 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 8:48:56am

re: #19 Obdicut

No idea why you're referencing censorship. You don't see this as being posted to deride it? Even with everyone, you know, deriding it?

How are you missing that everyone is deriding the article?

To clarify, this seems like an obscure work in an obscure insular publication. Unlike Rush Limbough who has millions of listeners and thus worth publishing what he says and deriding it why illuminate something so obscure? So that 3 people who read this publication can poo poo it?

Leave obscure crap to rot on the vine.

23 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:05:50am

re: #22 Destro

You're free to ignore it. Otherwise, even though stuff is obscure is no reason not to talk about it. That's a rather circular argument, and very self-defeating.

24 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:17:33am

re: #23 Obdicut

You're free to ignore it. Otherwise, even though stuff is obscure is no reason not to talk about it. That's a rather circular argument, and very self-defeating.

Sure I am free to ignore it but it has just been shown to a wider audience when the best cure for this kind of stuff is to let it die on the vine.

25 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:19:25am

re: #24 Destro

Sure I am free to ignore it but it has just been shown to a wider audience when the best cure for this kind of stuff is to let it die on the vine.

That's a completely unproven assertion, though. And it really doesn't explain why looking at it and criticizing it is somehow nurturing it.

I hear this kind of thing often, that it would be better to just ignore X, but I don't really see why anyone believes it.

Can you explain?

26 Obdicut  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:20:39am

Oh, and Tablet really isn't that obscure, so that part of your argument is rather thin, too.

27 Sheila Broflovski  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:27:51am

re: #21 Destro

This article is indeed crap and should be derided but so is using a term like "cultural elite". Who is your ideal cultural leaders? People who live in trailer parks and think TV hasn't been any good since they cancelled "Hee Haw"?

Please try and not use Republican/Right wing/Conservative bull shit language like "cultural elite" at least not to me.

Beyond that I agree with what you wrote.

I use the term "cultural elite" to describe people who think that because they are all artistic and writerly and hip and get stuff published in bullshit publications like "Tablet", that they are better human beings than the rest of us who aren't in their little hipster clique. Why you would imagine that I must admire "Hee Haw" just because I despise the like of Ms. Breslaw makes no sense at all.

28 Bob Levin  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:55:47am

I'm just curious. Did anyone else get an advertisement for the Tablet on their front page, in the middle of Charles' posts?

29 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 2:33:58pm

re: #12 Mostly sane, most of the time.

Wait? They're scum for surviving? Her own grandparents? HER OWN GRANDPARENTS? What, did they forget to give you a big enough gift for your Bat Mitzvah?

I've always assumed that those that survived were younger, healthier, and frankly, a little luckier. I'm glad that they survived, because we needed a witness.

Everyone who writes seriously about survival in the camps says blind luck was a huge factor.

30 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 2:36:09pm

re: #22 Destro

To clarify, this seems like an obscure work in an obscure insular publication. Unlike Rush Limbough who has millions of listeners and thus worth publishing what he says and deriding it why illuminate something so obscure? So that 3 people who read this publication can poo poo it?

Leave obscure crap to rot on the vine.

Tablet is a fairly up-and-coming publication in the Jewish world, and there are a lot of people here with an interest in Jewish culture. It's not exactly 'obscure', although hardly the NY Times.

People post all the time about stuff I don't know much about, or have no interest in. I scroll past, because I don't know much about that stuff, or have no interest in it.

31 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 2:37:01pm

re: #28 Bob Levin

I'm just curious. Did anyone else get an advertisement for the Tablet on their front page, in the middle of Charles' posts?

I see them advertised on the feed here often, but I assumed it was because all my other cookies and stuff are for Jewish things.

32 Bob Levin  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:23:14pm

re: #30 SanFranciscoZionist

His key word was 'insular'. *wink*

33 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:28:17pm

re: #30 SanFranciscoZionist

Tablet is a fairly up-and-coming publication in the Jewish world, and there are a lot of people here with an interest in Jewish culture. It's not exactly 'obscure', although hardly the NY Times.

People post all the time about stuff I don't know much about, or have no interest in. I scroll past, because I don't know much about that stuff, or have no interest in it.

It seemed like a screed against Holocaust survivors and I don't get the angle of the article in using such offensive language to describe victims.

34 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:28:47pm

re: #32 Bob Levin

His key word was 'insular'. *wink*

That is because you have a mental disorder and see things for what they are not.

35 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 4:31:36pm

re: #27 Learned Mother of Zion

I use the term "cultural elite" to describe people who think that because they are all artistic and writerly and hip and get stuff published in bullshit publications like "Tablet", that they are better human beings than the rest of us who aren't in their little hipster clique. Why you would imagine that I must admire "Hee Haw" just because I despise the like of Ms. Breslaw makes no sense at all.

"cultural elite" is right wing slang. Why is Tablet "elite"? Elite means elite as in the best. Maybe there is a better term like faux elite? I always liked the word "Poser" so lets call them elite posers instead?

36 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 8:06:38pm

re: #33 Destro

It seemed like a screed against Holocaust survivors and I don't get the angle of the article in using such offensive language to describe victims.

Well, it is a screed against Holocaust survivors. Paired, awkwardly, with some commentary on "Breaking Bad".

I'm not sure there's an angle, I think the writer is just damaged and has found, briefly, a market for her rants.

37 Destro  Wed, Jul 18, 2012 9:06:49pm

re: #36 SanFranciscoZionist

Well, it is a screed against Holocaust survivors. Paired, awkwardly, with some commentary on "Breaking Bad".

I'm not sure there's an angle, I think the writer is just damaged and has found, briefly, a market for her rants.

You know I kind of am open to the idea of using oblique imaging to sort of make a point but I am glad you also read it like I read it, i.e. this was a load of crap.

The best spin I could put on it from first reading was maybe the author was trying to say the grandparents were tough SOBs for surviving but then I read it a second time and it was not saying that at all. This is why English literature is dead.

PS: I love Breaking Bad.

38 Sheila Broflovski  Thu, Jul 19, 2012 7:36:31am

re: #36 SanFranciscoZionist

Tabletmag is circling the wagons to protect their special li'l snowflake.

She's so delicate and sensitive! Her feelings are so much more important than everyone else's feelings because she's like, so hip and creative and gets stuff published in all the trendy magazines.//


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