Franny and Zooey

03Jul07

“Well I don’t know what they are around here, but where I come from, a section man’s a person that takes over a class when the professor isn’t there or is busy having a nervous breakdown or is at the dentist or something. He’s usually a graduate student of something. Anyway if it’s a course in Russian Literature, say, he comes in, in his little button-down-collar shirt and striped tie, and starts knocking Turgenev for about a half hour. Then, when he’ finished, when he’s completely ruined Turnenev for you, he starts talking about Stendhal or somebody he wrote his thesis for his M.A. on. Where I go, the English Department has about ten little section men running around ruining things for people, and they’re all so brilliant they can hardly open their mouths–pardon the contradiction. I mean if you get into an argument with them, all they do is get this terribly benign expression on their–”

“You’ve got a goddamn bug today–you know that? What the hell’s the matter with you anyway?”

-Franny and Zooey, by J.D. Salinger

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