In brief, the three differences:
1. “An academic has and wants an audience disproportionately made up of teachers and students, while an intellectual has and wants teachers and students in his audience only in proportion to their place in the general educated public.”
2. “The second difference between an academic and an intellectual is the familiar difference between a specialist and a generalist, the academic being the specialist and the intellectual the generalist….A generalist must write from the full breadth of a general education that has not ended at graduation or been confined to a discipline.“
3. “The third difference between an intellectual and an academic is the relative attachment of each to writing as a fine rather than a merely practical art….I bring up writing as a category in its own right because the attitude taken toward it in academe is so often narrowly instrumental: writing as just a tool to get the job done. Clarity is the only real virtue for an instrumentalist; any other values that might be named are merely ornamental….An academic is concerned with substance and suspicious of style, while an intellectual is suspicious of any substance that purports to transcend or defy style.”
I want The Girl to be an intellectual, not an academic. I want to be one when I grow up, too.
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