By David Lodge
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Every night, that is morning, for the past year. ' ' Every night! ' 'To tell you the truth, Phil, I'm not too bothered about my studies. It suits me to be registered at Euphoric State it allows me to stay in the country without getting drafted. But I don't really need any more degrees. ' 'That's just a beginning. I'm having discussions with a TV network right now about starting an experimental arts 5° programme - Vmatter of fact, I'm flying at their expense, they sent me over to look at some European programmes.
In Morris Zapp's view, the root of all critical error was a naive confusion of literature with life. Life was transparent, literature opaque. Life was an open, literature a closed system. Life was composed of things, literature of words. Life was what it appeared to be about: if you were afraid your plane would crash it was about death, if you were ii trying to get a girl into bed it was about sex. Literature was never about what it appeared to be about, though in the case of the novel considerable ingenuity and perception were needed to crack the code of realistic illusion, which was why he had been professionally attracted to the genre (even the dumbest critic understood that Hamlet wasn't about how the guy could kill his uncle, or the Ancient Mariner about cruelty to animals, but it was surprising how many people thought that Jane Austen's novels were about finding Mr Right).
What can I do for you, Mr, e r . . ' 'Smith. ' Wily perched himself on the only part ofthe desk that was not covered with books. Philip's first thought was that it was rather careless of the Zapp fellow to leave his room so untidy. Then he registered that many ofthe books were still in unwrapped postal packaging and addressed to himself. 'Good Lord,'he said. ' ' These books ... ' ii ' Publishers. They want you to assign them for courses. ' 'You keep them anyway. Unless you want to sell them. ' 'No, no,' Philip protested, greedily tearing the wrappers from huge, heavy anthologies and sleek, seductive paperbacks.
Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses by David Lodge