Notable Quotable

August 29, 2007|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

America is not a country particularly proud of our literature. In the last 10 to 20 years, even classic American writers like Twain and Faulkner have become suspect. Professors are afraid to ask their students to read entire books. In that kind of climate, I don't see anything happening."

- CHARLES SIMIC on the difficulties he faces as new U.S. poet laureate

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