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May 17, 2010

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malachy walsh

Guess what, Ray? The world is full of prejudices when it comes to writing. That's the point of going to school - to find out what some of them are, including your own.

And guess what else? You can always go to the library. In fact, I recall spending a lot of time in one when I was at... college.

Oh, and one other thing... No one really "learns" to write after the basic grammar lessons. You practice it.

At best, you learn to think critically in college - depending on how seriously you approach those 4 or 5 years.

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I read it as more about going to college and entering a writing program. But then again, I really love Ray Bradbury and his work, so there's that.

I don't know, Malachy. I don't think he's saying "don't go to college," but I do very much agree that schooling can do some damage to a writer. I watched it in grad school. There are a lot of teachers, teachers at good schools with good pedigrees, who don't get certain kinds of work and spend a lot of time trying to get writers to write in a style that they do get. It can be really harmful.

I'm certainly not anti-education, but I'm starting to come around to the idea that theatre needs less of an emphasis on college and university programs. We start sequestering ourselves from the rest of the world pretty early now and I think the art suffers for it.

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