That sucks, man. I'm sorry she's not being of much help. I'm long removed from writing within academic confines, what college I did take was ten years ago now, but it seems to me she's simply wanting easily sourced/bibliographic quotes to serve as a launchpad for you to interpret from (you know this, sorry for stating the obvious). In all of the writing I've read from you here, you definitely don't have a problem with that, because hey, you're great at it, you can analyze stuff and write in a way that is both informative and drawing and that's hard to do. What it looks like you're having a hard time with, and I'm not trying to assume or compare you unfavorably here, so please don't get mad, is the confines you're being given - confines that Aeon seems to loooooooooove loooooooooooooooooooooove looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove writing within. I can't count the number of times he's either taken issue or become enamored with a post or a paper and used the quote wall system to go "off the rails" in what, if toned down, would otherwise be a pretty academic paper. (Edit: McCullough does this a fair bit, too, but for my money almost no one on this board puts in the leg-work towards dissecting a subject and addressing it with proper sourcing, including deconstructing arguments for and against (which is the key difference between his writing and the EQUALLY EXCELLENT writing of yours, LK's, McCullough's, Bill's, Kildorn's, etc), like Aeon. I don't always agree with the guy, but he's an information machine and he writes like he's trying to defend his thesis.) And I've seen you do the same thing when the topic particularly interests you, though you don't often approach writing about the subject with the same grinning mania as Aeon - I say that with love for both of you guys. You partly did it during the Presidential debates. Sure, it isn't the same type of writing, one's academic and the other's beer in hand, armchair analysis, but it scratches the same itch. I'm sure she's a bad professor. A lot of low level journalism courses (not what you're taking, if I recall correctly, but the writing looks the same) require you to write papers in this fashion and it is dreadfully boring because it is rigid and frustrating, but it does serve a purpose. If you can quotewall someone far smarter and with more influence into supporting your position/arguments, your new, original ideas, and, if need be, at the same time use it to steamroll over someone equally well respected's position/arguments, then you've won. I, uh, doubt that helped, at all. Sorry.