Intellectuals and Poses

I am fond of exploring group dynamics and the plurality of roles. For some reason, I find myself thinking about the Divergent Factions in the fictional universe created by Veronica Roth (see I am intrigued by how they resemble the poses of the intellectual vis-a-vis society [Abnegation • Amity • Candor • Dauntless • Erudite • Factionless].

It's a reach but not so much when I read this in a profile of Robert Morrison, an expert on De Quincey

"I once had a teacher who told me that the scholar has two roles," says Morrison. "He [she] is both a monk and an actor. The monk is the scholar when [s]he's doing research, the actor is when [s]he's in the classroom, teaching."

And so for day 2055