The Guilty Pleasure of Reading Hauerwas

Because he has footnotes that say things like this:

I have discovered that there exist stories about what I have said in this or that circumstance that are not true. For example, I have been introduced at least three times with a story that is not true. It seems I was in Cambridge walking across the Yard at Harvard trying to find my way to the library. I am alleged to have stopped an undergraduate and asked, “Can you tell me where the library is at.” The student responded, “We do not end sentences with prepositions at Harvard.” To which I responded, “Can you tell me where the library is at, asshole.” I realize this is the kind of story that seems so true it should be true, but in fact it did not happen. Of course “did not happen” may be an inadequate way to understand “true.” (The State of the University, 133)

HT: Halden.

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