Succinct grad school comment
"It's interesting, isn't it? You get in based on GRE scores - that show the
breadth of your reading - in order to do work focused so narrowly that (the
way I think of it) only 10 people in the world might care about your work.
Then, once you've mastered that tiny aspect of your discipline, you're
considered prepared for the job of counseling / mass communications /
teaching every area of this discipline to teenagers with only a passing
interest in the subject."
- Kathlene Bowers of UC-Berkeley and Davis, posting on Christianity and Literature listserv (firstname.lastname@example.org)