I stumbled upon comments by Francine Prose in The Atlantic. She expresses her feelings about being among people who somehow did not share her interest in literature in quite the same way and with quite the same passion. She was among people who study “texts.”
I have been taken back some thirty-eight years to my own similar moments and feelings in grad school. Unlike Prose I hung around until my last option was exhausted. I wanted to feel I had done my best in the face of the odds. Those three years were not wasted, but only, only because of the reading, thinking and writing I did for myself. Now that I have forgiven the naiveté of a thirty-one year old, I have no regret.
If you have stumbled upon this blog and you are facing similar decisions and feelings, I urge you to click on the link above. Francine Prose is the author of twenty books including novels, children’s stories, novellas and short stories.