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  1. Nicole

    “How had I gone through all of undergrad completely unaware that typewriters could vomit?” HILARIOUS!

    It really bothers me when profs (of any field) act like their subject is the greatest thing on the planet. Yes, be enthusiastic, but don’t act like everyone is SUPPOSED to love it. I know that my students aren’t going to love everything I assign. My job isn’t to make them love it (though it’s a bonus when it happens). My job is to make them think critically and analytically. But it’s nice to see that you did get something out of it.

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  2. SarcasticNinja

    Who is to say that LSD and heroin do NOT provide the greatest truths of all? Although copious alcohol seems to be the more respectable truth-reflecting vehicle of literary types in my acquaintance.

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  3. Lance

    This maybe your best post because it not only reveals your roots but also tell brutal effin honesty about writing.

    I had a college professor reject a novella I’d written. I was 20-years-old. I learned more in that rejection than I did two weeks later when I won an associated press award for being a news reporter.

    great post

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    • Amy Vansant

      Why thank you sir. I saw something on television the other day about some kid whose teacher told him he sucked (I think at singing) and he was awesome. Don’t believe everything you’re told!

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  4. Vesta Vayne

    Awesome!

    I once took a social theory seminar, and on the first day of class, the professor walked in and said she had decided we would focus on torture. Halfway through the quarter, we were having nightmares as a result of the books and films she assigned. She even made everyone attend a meeting for survivors of the Killing Fields. It was so bad that two of my fellow students took to hitting up happy hour before class to get through it, and one evening they must have had one too many margaritas, because they told her the class was so depressing that they had to be drunk in order to attend. The professor asked the class if it was true, and we all nodded. She turned on her heel and stormed out of the room, cancelled the last two sessions, and gave everyone an A.

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  5. Jessica Holt

    Ohhh the irony, I also love classic literature and sometimes alternative even though I agree it can get pretty damn weird. I also battled with teachers in college, now I realize I should’ve done more listening less arguing, that whole grown up thing is deep yo

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    • Amy Vansant

      Yeah, I think all of us some time in our 30s or 40s wakes up and says, “Oh my god, I was an ASSHOLE!”

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