Monday, September 07, 2009

Reading for class

It's always the same: at the beginning of a new semester, I get all gung-ho and say this time I'm going to keep up with all the readings. So I go out to a coffee shop and camp out with my printed-out pdfs. And then after 20 minutes I'm only on page 2 because I've been reading sentences over and over. Then I skim the rest of it so I have something to say in class. By the end of the semester this skimming happens right before class, if at all. I'm just not a good reader of heady, philosophical things.
Why do brilliant writers jump from topic to topic, and not explain their references? I could never be a brilliant writer because I value accessibility too much.

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