Now let us praise Dickens and Dostoyevsky and oh, so many others

This wonderful essay from tomorrow’s NY Times. I am posting the whole text so I can keep rereading it myself.


February 28, 2010
Essay


I Was a Teenage Illiterate


At the age of 26, when I returned to
New York after an inglorious stab at graduate work in medieval history
on the frozen steppes of Chicago, I had a horrifying realization: I was
illiterate. At least, I was as close to illiterate as a person with
over 20 years of education could possibly be. In my stunted career as a
scholar, I

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