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Professors come in all shapes, sizes and fashions

Friday, March 18, 2011; 6:52 PM

If Post writers and editors ever took a college journalism course, they might understand that professors come in all shapes, sizes and clothing options. Recently, an obituary writer referred to the late David S. Broder as "once likened to an MIT professor in appearance," and, according to a Style feature, actor Harry Shearer "looks like a college professor lulled into a kind of zen complacency by the anesthetic of tenure." These descriptions leave one wondering whether a professor would look any different from say, a shoe clerk or a wainwright - unless he fits a white-male template for cliche-loving wordsmiths who look like, well, bad copy editors.

Ira R. Allen, Bethesda

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