Sunday, May 9, 2010

Galbraith in the Rhetoric Department?

Galbraith wrote an article in The Atlantic giving writing tips (don't procrastinate, don't try to be funny, don't get drunk), and says in the beginning:

"Six or seven years ago, when I was spending a couple of terms at Trinity College, Cambridge, I received a proposal of more than usual interest from the University of California. It was that I resign from Harvard and accept a chair in English. More precisely, it was to be the chair in rhetoric; they assured me that rhetoric was a traditional and not, as one would naturally suppose, a pejorative title. My task would be to hold seminars with the young on what I had learned about writing in general and on technical matters in particular."


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