ESPECIALLY AS A GEORGEtown University grad student working in the warm, fuzzy aura of Deborah Tannen did I thoroughly enjoy the editor’s scathing response to her latest project (“Oh, Shut Up,” 12/23/94). Alas, disagreements with mental onanism in academia are no longer possible in academia itself, and Washington City Paper remains one of the only forums for dissent. Are you hiring?

Ned Reif, Arlington, Va.