I think you know the answer to that question. I do value universities, I do value scholars, I do value intellectuals, I do value literary analysts and I do value some academics. In fact, I cherish all of these in principle (and at times in reality) deeply ― much more than you could possibly know. That is why I detest the mean, petty, inadequate and phony versions of all of these things. I don’t want you to be in awe of the wrong people, listen too closely to the wrong voices and learn the wrong lessons. I don’t want you to waste your young life unlearning what has harmed you. I want you to study everything you can with a protective shield called ‘perspective’ and this is what you will acquire by self-education. Learn about literature from every professor you have. But learn what it means from yourself. And the only way you can do this is to read, read, read.
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