Stephen Greenblatt spoke with the Harvard Gazette, Harvard University’s online news outlet, about how he developed a love of books and words, his academic twists and turns, and what it was like to be a guest on “The Colbert Report.”  

“God knows I’ve written plenty of opaque sentences,” says Greenblatt in the interview. “But I think the key point, and it’s true for my teaching as well, is that for me there are no fundamental intellectual differences between what you tell the initiated — your colleagues and graduate students — and what you tell the uninitiated. You have to explain allusions to those who do not know them. You can’t be willfully or needlessly obscure. But the complexity or difficulty of the thought is whatever is required, as it were, by the subject and by your own vision.”

To read the full interview, visit the Harvard Gazette website