Rough Theory

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Bits of Books

Two students browsing in the University of Melbourne bookstore:

First student: “You don’t read books, though?”

Second student: “Not necessarily… You know… just… bits of books…”

2 responses to “Bits of Books

  1. barry February 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    to be fair, I know professors who will say the same thing….

  2. N Pepperell February 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    lol – I’m not actually trying to pick on the students 🙂 I do know that this is fairly common (and, of course, all of us read “bits” of books when trying to decide what books we’ll read in detail). I think, to be honest, the exchange struck me so strongly because I’ve been writing intensively, and in the process thinking so much about the interrelation of parts of an overarching argument – there’s an element of… mortality, in a way, in being reminded that this is, very likely, how whatever I will produce will ultimately be read… 🙂

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