December 03, 2008

Oh You and Your Crazy Reading Self . . .

I came to Baylor this morning to sit in on a sophomore-level undergrad class (oh, the memories) in order to write an evaluation for my Research & Bibliography course. The class is reading Ernest J. Gaines' A Gathering of Old Men, in which football plays a rather prominent role. As a result, Dr. Ford was using the topic to draw out discussion from the students:

"I'm not really the intended audience here. I don't get this whole 'football' thing. I'm one of those people who sees the fans on TV, cheering the game with their bodies all painted, and thinks, 'Don't you have anything better to do?' So, help me understand why football is such a big deal."

One of the first students to reply was a large, athletic-looking fellow sitting in the corner, who (in a rather affectionately condescending tone) asked, "I suppose you'd rather read a book than play football, huh?" When Dr. Ford replied in the affirmative, the student just shook his head with a knowing grin and settled back into his chair with a chuckle.

Oh, you crazy, crazy English lit professors and your reading . . . Will you never learn?

(Sidenote: It's weird to remember that I used to always share class time with these people.)

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