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by Phillip Lopate
I wanted to be a writer, but didn’t think I was smart enough. Then I looked around at the other wannabe writers who were my classmates, and they didn’t seem like geniuses either, so I figured what the heck, I’d give it a shot.
Let's review: David Shields extracts Paul Elie's quote from a larger narrative, changes the words, and purges any reference to the ideas' original source: Walker Percy. Then Gideon Lewis-Kraus quotes Shields's misquote of Elie, contradicts his misquote, and characterizes what he wrongly alleges Elie having written as a “shoddy lament.” But no citations; this is art.