(Update: I just remembered that I had done this before, finding just the right poses in the four photos in question. Here it is, from 2008.)
I just took down a WWWtW entry in which I placed a poster that included Seinfeld and Newman next to each other, with me and Brian Leiter below. And the title was "Is Brian Leiter my Newman?"
Because, as all Seinfeld fans know, Jerry and Newman (not to mention Elaine, Kramer, and George) are jerks, I thought it would bring a little levity to the discussion by the parallel as well as our similar appearances.
In any event, my colleague, Jon Kvanvig, raised an objection to my entry on the Leiter blog. After thinking about it, I thought it best to take my entry down. Here are comments that I submitted to the Leiter blog, that may or may not be posted:
My colleague, Jon, makes a good point. And for that reason, I will take the poster down. I chose the photo of Brian because of the hand-folding that corresponded roughly to Neman's. This is why I cropped out the water bottles and the slouching. Aesthetic concerns were not foremost in my mind when putting this together. What I was looking for was similar poses.
In any event, it was not intended to offend but draw a humorous parallel between the rivals on the 90s sitcom and the bantering between Brian and me. It was all intended for good fun. I am from a family of comedic types, including a sister who has a book coming out in October: Raising the Perfect Child Through Guilt and Manipulation
Nevertheless, I apologize for needless offense. My hope is that Brian and I can become friends. As I have noted on several occasions, I think his work in philosophy of law--especially a recent piece I linked to on southernappeal.org--is illuminating and insightful.