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June 13, 2005

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'Members of the Class of September 11'

Why English majors “see developing the moral imagination as more important than securing economic self-justification,” why conversations with mass murderers are often disappointing, why the readers of Snarkmarket are all doomed, and more, in my favorite graduation speech of 2005 so far, by Mark Danner.

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Posted June 13, 2005 at 2:20 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Journalism, Society/Culture

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I haven't read this speech yet, but I will note that Mark Danner was Tom Friedman's interviewer at UC-Berkeley, and a much more appealing speaker.

By the way, I finally read this, and while I of course dig the message -- yeah moral imagination! -- didn't the whole thing seem awfully self-congratulatory as well? "Yes, it's a good thing we are so smart and skeptical here. Because no one else is."

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