CLANCY MARTIN's latest book, Love and Lies, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in January 2015.
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The profession of almost every man, even that of the artist, begins with hypocrisy, Nietzsche writes, with an imitation from without, with a copying of what is most effective. When I first started graduate school in philosophy, in 1990, I arrived with a headful of Nietzsche and Russell and Quine and Davidson, only to find, to my embarrassment and confusion, that all of the cool kids were reading this fellow Id never even heard of, Walter Benjamin. Naturally, I copied them.