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Ladysquires of writing blog Shitty First Drafts provides a lengthy stylistic analysis of the first two paragraphs of Lionel Tiger‘s latest: “What the hell is Tiger even saying? I recognize that academic prose is necessarily dense. We’re talking about complex theoretical ideas here. . . . The problem is that he is allowing the overuse of mundane language to make the reading experience torturous.” She does say this: “I am totally going to use ‘acidulous hostility’ in my next conference paper.”