horrifying things you have heard said by people about english/reading/writing in an academic setting
prompted by a facebook discussion from steven graham jones.
probably the most horrifying thing i heard was:
Chuck, i hated this story because i actually had to read it.
now, i heard this in response to a submission in a 200 level class where only two other submissions merited being above the 100 level (if that)
“...There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one's head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain. You ought to have some apprehension that the man you see before you was once even younger than you are now and arrived at his present wretchedness by imperceptible degrees.”