As flatulent and inconsequential as a Trump speech

Dalrymple on modern architectural prose, as demonstrated by the Yale architecture school

Dalrymple examines an invitation from the school to a symposium. The text — a word salad — has certain qualities that, he points out, apply to academics of one kind or another. It is

  • footling
  • pretentious
  • shallow
  • Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 09.39.25self-regarding
  • narcissistic
  • fraudulent
  • pseudo-intellectual
  • unintelligible
  • complacent
  • self-deceptive
  • trivial
  • time-wasting
  • self-satisfied
  • boastful
  • parasitic
  • pointless
  • irrelevant
  • inconsequential
  • bogus
  • fatuous
  • lazy
  • vacuous
  • vacant
  • vain
  • preening
  • smug
  • worthless
  • preposterous
  • idiotic
  • contentless
  • solemn
  • humourless
  • mind-numbing
  • boring
  • dull
  • insincere
  • inane
  • vapid
  • self-referential
  • fake
  • empty
  • hollow
  • phony
  • aimless
  • half-baked
  • strained
  • artificial
  • asinine
  • stupid
  • self-conscious
  • sententious
  • prim
  • priggish
  • self-congratulatory
  • sanctimonious
  • pious
  • condescending
  • conceited
  • supercilious
  • snobbish
  • superior
  • pompous
  • arrogant
  • unself-critical
  • shameless
  • feeble
  • trite
  • uninteresting
  • self-indulgent
  • dreary
  • insipid
  • tedious
  • lame
  • impoverished
  • futile
  • barren
  • idle
  • platitudinous
  • clichéd
  • wanton
  • capricious
  • trifling
  • superficial
  • self-important
  • pallid
  • prosaic
  • evasive
  • lifeless
  • prolix
  • dishonest
  • self-advertising
  • pussyfooting
  • cowardly
  • non-committal
  • slippery
  • slimy
  • turgid
  • affected
  • contrived
  • vainglorious
  • grandiose

And that, he says, is

only to begin with.

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