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Author: Jessica Hooten Wilson (Jessica Hooten Wilson)

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The World Needs More, Not Fewer, Scholarly Vocations: A Response to Phillip Dolitsky

I hope students will throw themselves into these divisive conversations robustly. Call nonsense what it is when you hear it. Offend everyone around you with the truth. Do not fear to pursue the intellectual life with vigor. I am certain the world is hungry for more courageous and selfless women and men to learn, to know, and to speak truth.

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How NOT to Read: Learning from A Confederacy of Dunces

The trick of John Kennedy Toole’s novel is that it draws you into the story with its comedy without requiring you to consciously assess the disjointedness of the protagonist’s way of reading the world. Even without stepping back and intellectualizing the problem, you learn how not to read by experiencing Reilly’s inept ways of reading and living.

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