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The Critical PulseThirty-Six Credos by Contemporary Critics$
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Jeffrey Williams and Heather Steffen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161152

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161152.001.0001

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This I Believed

This I Believed

(p.121) 16 This I Believed
The Critical Pulse

Michael Bérubé

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the author's explanation of where he places himself amid the left. In 1993, he described himself as a lefty middle-innings pitcher, “the schlump who appears when the starter has coughed up one hairball after another, or when the starter has coughed up hairballs and his hapless replacement has followed suit.” It is the job of the middle reliever to stop the bleeding and give the team a chance to rally. He later realized that there are dozens of professional franchises on the left, some of which he would never pitch for. He now considers it foolish as well as a mistake to have suggested that his critical work was that of a lefty relief pitcher. He reiterates his role and commitment to representing disability rights in whatever medium available at his disposal.

Keywords:   political left, public policy, disability rights

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