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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rule #10

Be briilliant.

Rule #10 is to work smart, read more than everyone else, think things through more deeply. It's hard to have, as a rule of scholarship, that you should be smarter than the next person. Maybe you just aren't that smart? But intelligence can be developed and cultivated like anything else. You could see it more as a habit than as a quality.

See, also, this post on Research as a Second Language.

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