DISCOURSE as quilting

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remnant 78: “My defense against the adult world…”

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For the record, I don’t think I have ever disliked anything as long or as well as I disliked school: the arbitrary violence, the lack of power, the pointlessness of so much of it….

My defense against the adult world was to read everything I could. I read whatever was in front of me, whether I understood it or not.

I was escaping. Of course I was—C.S. Lewis wisely pointed out that the only people who inveigh against escape tend to be the jailers. (“What the [Very Bad Swearword] Is a Children’s Book, Anyway? The Zena Sutherland Lecture,”pp. 80, 81)

We [Neil Gaiman and Geoff Notkin] drew comics together, in the back of the classes that bored us. Most classes bored us. We were smart kids who ignored most of school (we both liked the art rooms, I liked the schools library) and taught ourselves, because that seemed like more fun. We liked being disliked by the teachers, and neither of us actually got around to graduating. (“Goeff Notkin: Meteorite Man,” pp. 141-142)

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July 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm

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  1. […] one caveat: As I note often, formal schooling is not the only way to being educated. Many people (writers notably) have achieved a high level of awareness and education in spite of formal […]

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