Now: “My daughter/son is at your school to be taught and get a passing grade. I don’t pay taxes for failure of my child.” — typical complaint of the average parent in the Western industrialized nations, via spoiled child
Then: “To be educated was to be ‘learned in the peerage of words’, grasping the ramifications of their ancestry and their distant relationships.” — education in the time of Ruskin and Pater, from “The Secret Life of Words” by Henry Hitchins
The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.