Stealing the name of a historical figure is stupid. Why create unnecessary confusion? And although intended as a tribute to the original, it also means claiming an unearned identification. In fact, I’ve realized this for some time now, but at this point what can I do? I suppose I could make up a new name for myself at the risk of more unnecessary confusion. I could drop the pseudonym altogether, but I’d rather not have this be the first link that comes up when my students google my name. (Having it come up when university officials and funding agencies google my name could also create complications, of course.) And, being a rather bad orthodox Catholic, something just feels ridiculous about religious writings under my actual name. Bits of my name won’t work either. My last name is too distinctive, and my first name isn’t distinctive enough. So probably I should just bite the bullet and make up a new name. I’m having trouble thinking of anything good, though.
Maybe I should take a cue from the biblical scholars and start calling myself “Deutero-Bonald”. Scratch that. It’s a stupid idea.
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