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Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Seminar baboons"

The Maroon has an excellent interview with David Brooks, who I think may have decided to love the U of C precisely the year after I left the place. Among the highlights, advice on selecting a senior thesis topic for history majors:
My senior paper—what I did was I went to the library, I looked at all the archives, and I started with the letter “A,” and I figured I would write about the first person who looked interesting, so I got up to “Ar,” to Robert Ardrey, whose papers had never been looked at. He was a left-wing playwright in the ’30s, and then became sort of an early Darwinian theorist in the ’60s and ’70s. So I wrote about him. I’m probably the only person to ever look at the Robert Ardrey papers at the Reg.

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