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December 30, 2012
Ms. Campbell, could I speak with you before your next class?

– Certainly. Is it about …

It’s your Steinbeck dissertation draft.

– Oh, I’d hoped you’d read it.

Yes. Now, in your section on his correspondence ...

– I just added that. To complete my research on his attitude toward love.

Yes, but to write, and I quote, “His assertion ‘Nothing good gets away’ is complete crap.”

– Yeah.

That’s not a scholarly statement, you see.

– But it is.

Scholarly?

– No, complete crap. And it’s misleading. He misled his own son.

And why would he do that?

– I don’t know, but I know it happens.