Monday, August 31, 2020



Charles Boer, Charles Olson in Connecticut (Rocky Mount: North Carolina Wesleyan College Press, 1991), p. 87 (Boer addresses Olson as "you" throughout):
You felt that the kind of academics you did like, the kind you could use, were becoming extinct. You had the greatest respect for those old-fashioned men of scholarship who knew their subject well enough to answer a learned inquiry with authority. But where were they these days? Professors had become "hip," nice guys, had acceded to students' demands for entertainers—an exaggerated view perhaps, but in your eyes they were all akin to a gang of hired guns who couldn't even shoot.

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