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Oh, dear. So there’s this professor who was famous for harsh grading. Back in the day, he made his honors seminar students weep heavily over the first C’s they’d gotten in their lives. (You kind of have to be a brilliant golden child to get IN to the honors seminar.) A couple of months ago, I asked him to read a portion of my manuscript.

He’s now written me back with a long list of comments prefaced with an apology for being off-putting. Oh, dear. I’m not sure I’m ready to open this…