Marc Susselman is a lawyer in his early 70s who, 53 years ago, was my student during the year that I visited at Rutgers. For some while he commented on this blog as MS, but when his logorrhea got out of control and he became querulous and dyspeptic besides, I tried to limit him to one post and one riposte a day. When that failed, I deleted a great number of his seemingly endless comments and told him to go elsewhere. After a bit, he resurfaced as Samuel Chase and the same habits reappeared. I deleted some of those comments, but he is now apparently returned as John Doe.
Marc is intelligent, accomplished, and knowledgeable but he has one characteristic that he seems not to share with anyone else who ever comments on this blog: he makes me want to stop blogging. When he is in full bray, I cringe from checking the comments section. I thought about simply continuing to blog without ever reading the comments, but that destroys much of the purpose of blogging and besides, many of the comments are thoughtful, intelligent, provocative, responsive to what I have actually posted, and deserving of some reply.
So I am just going to say it straight up. Marc, go away. You are younger than I was when I started blogging. Start your own blog, build your own audience, and have at it, but not here. Those of you who enjoy your interactions with Marc can migrate to his blog and exchange views with them to your heart’s content. Just not here.