Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flannery Uh-Oh

"Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher." --Flannery O'Connor

1 comment:

Michael said...

I think O'Conner is only half right. The trouble is that universities stifle artistic, expressive writers, and encourage writers who have a strong drive to appear smart at all costs. The whole academic system has a value on the appearance of smartness and education and class instead of a value for honesty, expressiveness, and inspiration. O'Conner thinks the problem is that the universities should stifle more writers, but really they are just stifling the wrong ones.