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Mysterious attraction

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February 14, 2017

Mysterious attraction

Teaching fuels Bloomfield's novel instincts

By Karen Sandstrom

Novelist and CIA faculty member Shelley Costa Bloomfield has a working theory about why art-school students tend to be kind. In some ways, she thinks, they’ve had to grow up more quickly than their peers.

“You have kids at universities who leave there still not knowing, regardless of their major, what they want to do. You have kids in their thirties still experimenting, going from job to job,” Bloomfield says.

But at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she teaches fiction writing as part of the Liberal Arts faculty, she finds a different sort of student.

“They have a level of...

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