At one point he says:
…much of academia is designed not to cultivate a love of language, but a dissection of it.
That follows closely something I read this morning in Jane Smiley’s 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel:
Remember above all that readers outside of graduate school really do not care what is good for them (p244).
Sometimes I think it is a miracle that kids can do as well as they do.
I hated poetry because of my high school English teacher. It took me 40 years to get past that. I didn’t think I could write until I was past 50. School had done more to tell me I was incompetent than to teach me to love words. It is sad. The thing that saved me was my involvement with the Southeast Louisiana Writing Project. And I am forever grateful.
But back to the post… All I can say is that I wish I had written John’s post! It’s great! Check it out.