Student or Learner
The reason I took a third was not through lack of interest in the subject. On the contrary, I read obsessively throughout my time at Bristol. I can remember reading Flaubert for the first time, and being struck by a thunderbolt: oh brave new world that has such writers in it! Others I encountered, read and discussed endlessly, include Virgil, Homer, Dante, D. T. Suzuki, Basho, Dostoyevsky, Hermann Hesse, Bob Dylan, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, William Burroughs, Jorge Luis Borges. And if that list is a little patchy in terms of quality, thatís growing minds for you.
what is the meaning of the underlined sentence?
How to understand the words "growing minds" ?
"Patchy" means uneven, unlevel. If the list is patchy it means that the members of the list are not all equal in value, or perhaps from different fields of interest.
"growing minds" refers to the writer's own mental growth, self-improvement.
I believe the writer is saying, "If that list of writers looks a bit odd or uneven to you, then it's just because as I was learning and my mind was growing (improving), I kept finding different writers to study in different fields of interest."