In Philip Lopate’s article Reflection and Retrospection: A Pedagogic Mystery Story, he expresses an issue with his students’ writing: “some [get] no further that accumulating these verbal snapshots.” However, he does say that “in the early, rough-draft stages, there are few things more pleasurable than bringing up a memory and transcribing it directly, like a wide-awake dream.”

My purpose cannot be expressed any more eloquently. And from now on, it probably won’t be so eloquent.

My apologies.