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February 23, 2011


Thank you so much for your visit, Dana, which I have to say exceeded the already high expectations we had developed from your published work. Your reading was immensely valuable as an example of non-fiction artfully crafted for impact and value in pragmatic worlds, and your comments to students about the life and career they can expect as writers of non-fiction were so generous and humble, so insightful and important, both thrilling and challenging. Most of all, to be in the presence of your quick and incisive mind for a few hours was our great honor. Thank you for teaching us. Thank you for reminding us what it takes for writing to make a difference.

Thank you so much, Jeff--but seriously, the pleasure was all mine! I came away really impressed with U Chicago and its students. And I'm glad you are teaching journalism, because there are so few academics who give students the realistic picture of the profession that you offer!

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