There’s been some discussion lately on an e-list for writers about wannabe-writers who not only don’t read, but are proud of that. Several contributors to the list who teach writing as well as write books have noted discussions with students who maintain deliberate ignorance about what’s out there.

It should be no surprise that there are people with their individual, not to say strange, ways of looking at the world. It reminds me of an incident years ago when my then-husband, a graduate student, was a teaching assistant in the English department of a major university.

At a teacher-student conference, one young man admitted he wasn’t interested in any of the assigned reading, and therefore didn’t plan to do it. His future was already mapped out. “When I get out of here, my daddy’s going to buy me a business,” he said.

Sometimes I wonder what happened to him.

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