Applies to the Professoriate Too
| Peter Klein |
These remarks from Lord Uhtred, a character in Bernard Cornwell’s historical novel The Last Kingdom, caught my eye.
These days I employ poets to sing my praises, but only because that is what a lord is supposed to do, though I often wonder why a man should get paid for mere words. These word-stringers make nothing, grow nothing, kill no enemies, catch no fish, and raise no cattle. They just take silver in exchange for words, which are free anyway. It is a clever trick, but in truth they are about as much use as priests.
Adrian Belew understood.