Academic Literary Analysis equals Conspiracy Theories!

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So I overheard my son complaining about his English Lit teacher’s need for him to analyze everything to death.
“If the author is a good author,” he argued, “the meaning of work will be obvious, because they know how to write clearly. It’s like trying to analyze why a fire engine is painted red. The obvious answer is that red is easy to see, and gets your attention. If you try to go any farther you get into conspiracy theory-style explanations

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