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On the topic of academia, back when I was teaching A level English, after doing some preliminary work with a class, I set them a question: ‘Do you read the text or does the text read you?’

Half the class never returned.

I’m not sure I blame them. Literary theories are fun, but they’re not telling any stories. They’re not doing anything remotely useful. Apart from, I suppose, providing work for literary theorists.

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