Land of A Thousand Dunces

On the heels of yesterday’s depressing link from Eugene, from Duncan Werner comes an item from the Washington Post about the sad state – verging on downright illiteracy – of many of today’s college students. The author, one Michael Skube, a professor of journalism at Elon College, describes a recent experience:

We were talking informally in class not long ago, 17 college sophomores and I, and on a whim I asked who some of their favorite writers are. The question hung in uneasy silence. At length, a voice in the rear hesitantly volunteered the name of … Dan Brown.

No other names were offered. The author of “The Da Vinci Code” was not just the best writer they could think of; he was the only writer they could think of.

Read it and weep, friends.

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