The many faces of ‘Diogenes’
After several dotCommonweal readers chimed in with theories about the true identity of Diogenes, I sent Lawler a note asking whether Paul Mankowski, SJ, is behind the pseudonym, as was suggested in the comments boxes. Here’s Lawler’s response:
…as a matter of policy CWN does not divulge the identity of Diogenes….We do disclose, to anyone who asks, that there is more than one contributor writing under that pseudonym.
Isn’t that interesting? I asked Lawler if he thought his readers were aware of this fact. He didn’t respond.
My first post on Diogenes linked to several of his–or, rather, their–entries, all of which are clearly written by the same person. Anyone who reads him regularly can readily identify the singular voice–especially over the last year. But yesterday and today, Diogenes-authored posts appeared that seem a bit, well, different.
Gone are the more complex sentences, the amusing rhetorical flourishes. Sure, the usual subjects come up for drubbing: Log Cabin Republicans, feminism, the New York Times. And some of Diogenes’ snide asides are aped, but they don’t quite hit their mark. The locutions lack shape. Their vocabulary is dimmed. They don’t pop.
Of course, we all have our duller moments. Maybe Diogenes just needs an extra snort of caffè in the morning.