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UWriting Prof Writes/Draws Awesome Book

 – Photo via New York

Former UWriting teacher Reif Larsen has escaped the Core’s clutches and gone on to greater things, as publishers absolutely lost their minds over his debut The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, which is about a 12 year old boy who obsessively draws everything he sees.

Larsen’s book is a collage of drawings, text, sidebars, and tidbits, all woven together on the page.  It is Larsen’s first book, and, as Larsen told New York, it’s a culmination of years being nurtured by his artistic parents and by teachers at “one of those progressive schools where they don’t correct your spelling.”

Though the image of a 5th grade future UWriting teacher confidently spelling yellow with three l’s is entertaining, perhaps just as important for Larsen is that he won’t be living the impoverished life of most of the talented teachers, writers, and artists out there. New York also reports that the publisher, Penguin Books, has paid a “near-million-dollar advance” for the debut. Looks like the rest of us took all those spelling tests for nothing.

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  • that picture says:

    @that picture is what happens when annie leibovitz wannabes insist on taking fashionable pictures of unfashionable subjects

  • but says:

    @but what’s his lens??

    1. i heard says:

      @i heard he’s putting the texts into conversation with one another – how original!

  • cc 09 says:

    @cc 09 dude was my uwriting prof. what a weird flashback.

  • hrm says:

    @hrm “On Tuesday, March 10, the College will honor five alumni for distinguished professional achievement by presenting each with a John Jay Award. Low Library will be the setting for a black-tie dinner honoring Maggie Gyllenhaal ’99, Benjamin Jealous ’94, Dr. Paul Maddon ’81, Thomas Francis Marano ’83 and Gregory Wyatt ’71.”

    I have a feeling this means Maggie is gonna be the commencement speaker…

    1. opinion says:

      @opinion If Barack Obama so dislikes this school that he– a well-known perennial attention seeker– is unwilling to give a commencement address, then this school should take a long, hard look at itself.

  • wait says:

    @wait I had this guy for UW. He was a massive tool. He was totally obsessed with his work, which is actually about a 12 year-old boy obsessed with butterflies. I am not lying.

  • that says:

    @that is not a good angle for anyone.

  • hahahhaa says:

    @hahahhaa hahahahaha that picture…..

  • nope says:

    @nope professor != masters student

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