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How to Be Learned: Live Voraciously

There used to be a time when being a writer didn’t mean just being “creative.” It meant being learned. That ideal seems to me almost dead. To be learned now means to be a specialist: a scientist, a psychologist, a critic, an artist, but never more than one of those things, and never all of those things at once.

The dense, glittering web of reference that is the byproduct of a real conversation between deeply learned individuals is becoming harder and harder to achieve. It certainly doesn’t hap…