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06/24/2013 08:08 am ET Updated Aug 24, 2013

The Decline And Fall Of The English Major - NYTimes.com

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In the past few years, I've taught nonfiction writing to undergraduates and graduate students at Harvard, Yale, Bard, Pomona, Sarah Lawrence and Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. Each semester I hope, and fear, that I will have nothing to teach my students because they already know how to write. And each semester I discover, again, that they don't.

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