“I read somewhere that most people’s favorite teacher is a high school English teacher. That doesn’t mean that English teachers are better than other teachers. It means that rather than talk about amoebas or equations, we talk about feelings – Holden Caulfield’s, Hamlet’s, Hedda Gabler’s – and teenagers are full of feelings, so we’re right up their alley. Teaching literature is like shooting fish in a barrel and damned near solipsistic; every great book is, after all, about me.”
by Vicraj Gill
Of course, success in later life isn’t limited to art or academia . . . Case in point: Joe Pavey, a 40-year-old runner who won her first gold medal at the 2014 Final European Athletics Championships, making her Europe’s oldest female champion.
by Sonya Chung
Lampedusa’s eventual success at portraying a layered, multi-caste society . . . is testament to the power of literature to shape the imaginative and emotional capacity of a devoted reader, no matter how sheltered his daily life.
by Alice Lowe
I’ve planned this return trip for a year. It was to be a solo journey with a Woolfian agenda. So when Don, a painter, musician, and avowed Anglophile . . . expresses wistful envy at my plans, I surprise us both by blurting out, “Come with me!”
A first-time visitor might have a hard time seeing the natural beauty of the land as I experienced it growing up, or would have to travel far afield to do so. But I felt absolutely at home, as if a veil or film had been lifted from my eyes and I had returned to the real world—all my American years thrown into a second reality.