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This is such a lovely reflection. Happy to know that undergraduates might still be interested in reading Flannery O'Connor (my first dog was named Flannery in her honor). I've never read DFW, probably scared away because one of my more arrogant students was a big fan (not a good reason, but still . . .) I admire your work enough to think it might be worth reading his nonfiction. And, I see no problems in absorbing the voices of our writing heroes--in fact, I make my students write an entire essay explaining what has influenced their writing voices. Thanks for continuing to use yours.

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There are waaaaaay too many DFW fans who are like that dude (and I assume it was a dude). I don't know that I have an issue with his voice being such a big component of mine so much as I'm really aware of it at times.

And thanks. :)

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The Suck Fairy😂

Thanks for the chuckle.

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I didn't originate it but embrace it whole heartedly.

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Okay, I’m off to read DFW. Can’t imagine how I missed his work. I’ll take the advice you gave your daughter, although I think you and I are the same age. (Born in ‘71).

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We are the same age, btw.

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