It is very interesting to hear his memories but I was intrigued to read about Virginia’s opinion on University lectures.
‘…she considered university lectures an obsolete practice inherited from the Middle Ages when books were scarce. Students should read, not listen. To swallow instruction from a lectern is like sipping English literature through a straw.’ (Nicolson 2000:111-112)
Of course I know that contemporary lectures are not simply students sitting and listening but I cannot help but applaud the call for students (and anyone) to read. I totally agree with the insistence on the importance of experiencing literature for yourself and to form your own opinions.
Reading is connecting.