Andrew Shankman | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Remembering Cliff Doerksen

Cliff and I became good friends during our years together at Princeton and I knew him in his earlier phase as an academic. It's so wonderful at this grievous time to see that he had a whole different world of people who loved and appreciated him. The person above who wrote that he was not above a vendetta will appreciate this story. When we were at Princeton there was a graduate student who turned out to be an epic fraud, something Cliff insisted was the case long before any of the rest of us. He wrote obliquely of this story in one of his last pieces, about academic peer review. At one point this person, who also claimed to be fluent in about 57 languages, insisted at a colloquium that Boccaccio could not have been writing about vendettas because the word had not yet been invented in Italian. When I told Cliff this later he nodded in agreement and said yes of course “I would kill you and your whole family…if only I could think of the word for it!”

How I will miss my friend.
Andrew Shankman

Posted by Andrew Shankman on 12/20/2010 at 4:11 PM

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