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My Curriculum Vitae

vintage graphic of someone attempting to climb to the moon saying I want! I want!

“Climing to the Moon,” from William Blake's The Gate of Paradise (1973), as reprinted in Symbol and Image in William Blake by George Wingfield Diby (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957), plate 11.


The humanist has always believed in mountain tops; there is no vision of the mountain tops in most universities.

Donald Kennedy, former president of Stanford

You see things; and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were, and I say, “Why not?”

George Bernard Shaw

You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.


The long engagement with language, which I love as a sculptor loves wood or clay.

Donald Hall

The life of the mind is not coldly cerebral but impassioned.

Nancy K. Miller

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