In David Lodge's novel Changing Places, he introduces the reader to a game called Humiliation. It's pretty simple. A bunch of literature professors get together and admit, in turns, to having not read some indisputable classic of literature. The player who hasn't read more classics than his or her colleagues is the winner -- in other words, the least well-read literature professor takes the prize, so the game manages to pit a people's ego and careerism against their natural competitiveness. In the book, the guy who hasn't read Hamlet wins the game. But then he also gets fired...
FROM THIS EPISODE
LATEST BLOG POSTS
NPR’s live annotation of Trump’s address on Afghanistan President Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 9:00 PM ET, on U.S. engagement and “the path forward” in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR… Read More
Does Carpinteria really have the ‘world’s safest beach?’ Last month, juvenile great white sharks were spotted off the coast of Carpinteria and Santa Barbara. Nobody was hurt, but the sharks took bites out of a kayak and a… Read More