When Andrew Sullivan was a PhD student at Harvard, he traveled to Dorset, England to visit the home of the philosopher Michael Oakeshott, who was then in his 80s. Sullivan was at work on his dissertation, which explored Oakeshott's political philosophy and would come to be titled Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott. As Sullivan tells it, during the visit, the conversation turned to Sullivan's plans for after graduation, and he told Oakeshott that he planned to go into journalism rather than academic philosophy. To this, Oakeshott -- visibly disappointed -- replied, "I've always thought the need to know the news every day is a nervous disorder."
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