George Trow’s education

“My father had, let us call it, a tendency toward schizophrenia. If all the fragments he claimed made up a Perfect Whole did not make a Perfect Whole in me, then he was going to have to look at some things he did not want to look at.

The process began with the liberal arts. My father read aloud to me when I was young. The Wind in the Willows was one of the first books he read to me. Toad of Toad Hall. At the same time, we would look at the New York papers. By the age of four, although I could not read, I knew what a headline was, what a lead story was, which columnists were respectable and which were not (I learned to loathe Westbrook Pegler before I was in kindergarten), and so on. I learned what the Times represented, and what the Daily News represented, and the difference between the News and the Mirror, and who Old Man Hearst was, and what was wrong with Roy Howard (Head of the Scripps-Howard chain), and on and on.”

– George W.S. Trow, My Pilgrim’s Progress: Media Studies, 1950-1998 (p. 11)

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