In a piece for Atlantic Daily, author Kurt Andersen characterizes Bill Ackman as a "dark-comedy hybrid of Kendall Roy from Succession and the narrator/protagonist of Nabokov’s novel Pale Fire."
Andersen concludes that Ackman is promoting nonsensical ideas and a radical agenda against the concept of academic freedom. I Photo: Insider Monkey Flickr
Andersen, who studied at Harvard before Ackman, initially knew little about him.
However, after reading Ackman's pro-Zionist rants, a 5,297-word treatise on plagiarism, and a 4,054-post on why diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is racism, claiming Harvard’s pursuit of DEI is “the root cause of antisemitism at Harvard,” Andersen concludes that Ackman is promoting nonsensical ideas and a radical agenda against the concept of academic freedom.
“Taken together, these recent posts of Ackman’s are like a novella, an exquisite piece of satirical fiction in digital epistolary form. They have the voice of an absurdly self-regarding unreliable narrator, a hot-headed, self-righteous, born-rich billionaire investor who considers himself intelligent and virtuous, persecuted by villains as he fights for justice and the honor of his defenseless goddess wife (accused of 28 instances of plagiarism) —and reveals his foolishness and awfulness and possible derangement in the course of a week-long public tantrum,” Andersen concluded.