Lengthily subtweeting several of my favorite writers and thinkers here:
So you know how, sometimes, you have that teacher who is a mean, rude snob and attracts to her all the mean, rude snobs in the class and makes clear how deeply she reviles anything base or low, and how she exclusively promotes the work of apple-polishers and brown-nosers and kids of her friends, and how suddenly people who aren’t smarter than you—who are dumber than you, in a lot of cases—are getting promoted and paraded around like they’re God’s gift to the world and you’re getting passed over and ignored, and everyone pretends it’s because you have bad manners or don’t dress well enough and it just sets off all of your insecurities even though you *know* it’s because you weren’t born with the right credentials? And you know how that makes you feel crude and unsophisticated and base, which are all the things she doesn’t like?
Remember how angry you got when she told the whole class that Moldova was in South America and like all of her little minions defended her, and how being right was actually no comfort at all when you needed to sit next to someone at lunch?
When she gets fired, it’s still really mean to fart loudly as she walks out of the room.