January 19th, 2006

My letter to Young Kim.

Hi Young.

Honestly, I haven't read your email until just now- right after I received Chris's recent email announcing the official move of Shimer. I was too scared of what it would say, how it would make me feel.

And more deeply honestly, I'm disgusted. I met a delightful young man recently who couldn't stop talking to me about philosophy- and he wanted to know all about the place I attended college and loved so much- and I relished the opportunity to tell him all about it. I stopped short, however; I wasn't going to recommend that this fragile being with beautiful ideas and a desire to co-inqure to go to a subsidiary of IIT, with God-knows-what kind of atmosphere. How could I?

I'm disgusted. I want you to know that unless I'm seriously seduced by an amazing community at IIT a few years down the road, I'll never recommend that another student attend Shimer. I've already convinced two people to matriculate at Shimer- I've always considered it a solemn duty as a Shimerian.

Now I'm a Shimerian in a strange land, a-sojourner-here. Like I needed to be an expatriate of another realm.