Playing the Indian Card

Saturday, September 28, 2013

More on Gilmour

I'm seeing repeated comments from academics saying Gilmour has no business teaching English, because he has no Ph.D.

Folks, supply and demand. Ph.D.'s are a dime a dozen. Successful novelists, on the other hand, are extremely rare. It is a far harder thing to do, and takes a lot more raw ability.

And who is really best qualified to give you good insights about literature? Someone who has read a lot of it, or someone who has written it?

Of course, the bottom line should be this: do good numbers of students sign up for his course?

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