Interesting how Tim Parks distinguishes book content in relation to the manner of career writer, writing them.

This makes me think of the purpose of university education, a lot of people position it solely as something you do in order to get a job. Though I also believe the job you get after university can be completely beside the point (unless of course you're doing something that requires a very specialized set of training, like a surgeon).

For example, I see no reason not to get a degree for the sake of gaining deep understanding from (hopefully) wise people and just for your own edification. However, the "to get a job" rationale dominates so much, perhaps that's in part what has led to much of the career writer path that Tim Parks describes.
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