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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Does this apply to legal scholarship?

One thing I’ve learned in my life is that — creatively — it’s better to have one person love you than to have 10 people like you. It’s very easy to like someone’s work, and it doesn’t mean that much; you can like something for a year and just as easily forget it even existed. But people remember the things they love. They psychologically invest in those things, and they use them to define their lives (and even if the love fades, its memory imprints on the mind). It creates an immersive kind of relationship that bleeds into the outside world, regardless of the motivating detail.

from Chuck Klosterman, The Definitive, One-Size-Fits-All, Accept-No-Substitutes, Massively Comprehensive Guide to the Life and Times of Kiss

Posted by Matt Bodie on April 9, 2014 at 10:39 PM | Permalink


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What Klosterman identifies are the conditions for legacy. Mere success, i.e. establishing and sustaining a career, can come via either route, whether in music or scholarship.

Posted by: Ryan D | Apr 10, 2014 9:24:55 AM

Well, I'd rather have an offer from one high-ranking journal (love) than 10 lower-ranking journals (like).

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Apr 10, 2014 7:46:07 AM

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