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“Handwritten corrections on typed work (stuff crossed out, added, words respelled) are not only accepted but encouraged, since they’re usually signs of sedulous proofreading. Better right than neat (as long as it’s readable).”

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source: Syllabus for David Foster Wallace’s class “English 102-Literary Analysis: Prose Fiction Fall ’94,” Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin; link here

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“Learning doesn’t happen behind walls.”

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source: “5 Years After Katrina, Teacher Tills Soil of Lower 9th Ward,” by Charles Wilson, The New York Times, January 15, 2011.

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“History requires a world of time and bitter hard work when your ‘education’ is no further advanced than the cat’s; when you are merely stuffing yourself with a mixed-up mess of empty names and random incidents and elusive dates, which no one teaches you how to interpret, and which, uninterpreted, pay you not a farthing’s value for your waste of time.”

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source: Following the Equator (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1903), 301.

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