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Great(er) Scott!

So it’s finally happened. Prompted by an email asking him to identify his secret blog, Scott Eric Kaufman has just outed himself as the hitherto faux-donymous author of what in the hell…:

My real name is Scott Eric Kaufman. I have a public blog that you may have read. You may ask yourself, why is the public blog so much better written than the pseudonymous blog? The answer is that I never intended this blog for public consumption. An email I received prompted some soul-searching, after which I feel it is unethical to continue this charade.

The depths of Scott’s deception – the intensity of his betrayal of those of us who have interacted with him over the years as both “himself” and as his alter ego “Nate” – can perhaps best be illustrated by the extent Scott took to conceal this identity, when my own identity was called into question some months back. As “Scott”, Scott wrote:

One student insists N. Pepperell’s fictional, and I’m inclined to agree. No actual person could write that much that quickly and remain sane.

As “Nate”, however:

I’m under the impression we have an implied contract for mutual belief, which obligates me to affirm the proposition “N. Pepperell is a real person” and to not have truck with any speculation to the contrary.

So which is it… “Scott”? Which is it?

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6 responses to “Great(er) Scott!

  1. SEK March 3, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Which one of me would you prefer answered?

  2. WildlyParenthetical March 3, 2008 at 10:47 am

    [narrows eyes] Well, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I think they or rather – he! – should be answering in unison… ;-)

  3. Nate March 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    The heart of the matter is, do you want a private or public answer? An answer formulated for the masses or an answer true to what is in my heart of hearts?

  4. N Pepperell March 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    There is no public answer true to your hearts of hearts, one which can be spoken with both of your tongues or out of both sides of your mouth?

  5. Drew March 11, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Ahhh, the joys of the internets!

    (first time commenting; hello!)

  6. N Pepperell March 12, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Hey Drew – sorry you were caught in moderation – should only happen the first time you post :-)

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