When I saw that the first sentence of this article was, “Elaine Pagels was in a dark period of her life when she began researching Satan,” I could hardly contain myself.
But when I realized that I could read said article (i.e., that this article was not written in Romanian), I got suspicious.
When I noticed that I was on the Lexington Herald-Leader’s website, I was only upset for about a fraction of a second.
Because this means that America has within her broad lands an institute of higher learning called Transylvania University. I kid you not.
Transylvania University, which those in the know refer to fondly as “Transy”, is a Kentucky institution with a rich history that includes surprisingly few references to Dracula. Arguably its most famous graduate was Jefferson Davis, the president of the short-lived Confederate States of America.
So, he was kind of like Vlad the Impaler, right? Nowadays Transy tries to downplay any association with the undead. This is probably the right thing to do from a PR standpoint.
But if I were Elaine Pagels, I would still take along some garlic with me on this trip, just to be safe…