Snooki U.

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Snooki (photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

Snooki (photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

[pullquote quote="That Snooki is prolific. She's like a little roly poly Charles Dickens." credit="Lin Brehmer"]This morning I pointed out to Mary Dixon that Snooki of The Jersey Shore has published two books and Mary and I have published none.  That Snooki is prolific.  She’s like a little roly poly Charles Dickens.  It is, therefore, not surprising that the venerable University of Chicago is hosting a symposium on Jersey Shore Studies.   It is free and open to the public beginning at 9am Friday at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St, but with the presentation of such subjects as “Foucault’s Going to the Jersey Shore, Bitch!” and “You Dirty Little Hamster!” advance registration will be wise.  Perhaps, we have misjudged this reality show.  Consider Spinoza’s  monad and how often Snooki offered hers to the camera and you will begin appreciate The Jersey Shore’s rejection of Cartesian dualism.  There are teachable moments.  For example:

While Snooki is writhing on the dance floor in an Italian discotheque, the inability of the camera to focus on the bottom of her mini-skirt recalls the eloquent John Prine, who reminds us in the song Bottomless Lake, “wear clean underwear.”  Or as Plato wrote, “any underwear.”

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