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Posted Monday, Oct 07th, 2013 at 7:10am

I received this letter from someone who stumbled on this, my website:

Dear Sara Kirschenbaum,

I stumbled upon your essay on Gertrude Stein's writing as I was surfing the internet for some insight on an excerpt from "The Making of Americans" that I have to write a short paper on for an english class I am taking. After reading your essay I could not help but feel humbled to the point of paralysis.

I am a jazz piano major at the University of North Texas so, this english class is just a credit i need to have. Though I enjoy literature I do not have the time to put the amount of time into it like i do with music. Seeing the amount of passion you have and the amount of work you have put into understanding Stein's writing made my attempt to write a short paper, on a short excerpt of a writer that i have had no previous dealings with, seem not only ridiculous but utterly disrespectful. It seems tantamount to me asking an english major to give a harmonic analysis of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps".

Essentially what I am trying to say is Thank you for being good at what you do. Your passion and dedication is self-evident in your work.

Now i must go back to bullshitting my way through this paper.

Sincerely, Ben


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