Monday, February 13

Professor Unabomber, I Presume?

Good to see that Ted Kaczynski is keeping up with his scholarly reading at the Supermax Prison in Florence, Colorado, judging by his letter to the editor of the New York Review of Books last year.
To the Editors:

In "Survival of the Smallest" {NYR, March 10], István Deák writes on page 22: "In ancient Egypt, dwarfs were often venerated like gods." Deák here is discussing pathological dwarfs. However, Paul Schebesta, Die Bambuti-Pygmäen vom Ituri (Brussels: Institut Royal Colonial Belge, 1938, Vol. 1, pp. 5–11), argues persuasively that the "god-dancers" venerated by the ancient Egyptians were not pathological dwarfs at all, but pygmies from the African rain forest. Schebesta cites, inter alia, a letter of the pharaoh Pepi II or Phiops II (Sixth Dynasty) which seems clearly to support this view.

Theodore John Kaczynski
Florence, Colorado

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