Message 230: Schoolchildren

Dubuffet, Jean. Asphyxiating Culture and Other Writing. Trans. Carol Volk. NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1986.

Professors are grown-up schoolchildren, schoolchildren who, once their school days were over, left school through one door only to return through another, like military men who reenlist. They are schoolchildren who, instead of aspiring to an adult life, that is to say a creative life, cling to this schoolchild’s stance, a stance which is passively receptive, like a sponge. The creative spirit is as opposed as possible to that of the professor. (13)

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