Sunday, January 22, 2006

Teacherly Insiration

The greatest pleasure a teacher can have is to know that they have inspired their students and given them direction in life. This from an interview with Teacher Man author, Frank McCourt:
I was walking up Second Avenue with my wife a few years ago, and this young man is walking towards me. He said, 'Hi, Mr. McCourt.' I said, 'Hi, Moose.'

'You know my name?' I said, 'Yeah, Moose Kline.' 'You know my last name?' I said, 'Yeah!' He said, 'I was in your class fifteen years ago!' I said, 'I know, Moose.' I said, 'So, how are you doing?' 'I was in your writing class!' I said, 'I know!' He said, 'I was in your writing class for a year and a half!' I said, 'I know. So how are you doing?' 'I was in your writing class, and now I’m a poet, and I’m starving. And fuck you!'"

5 comments:

Walker said...

LOL! Moose should have taken the UEA course. ;)

simon said...

did you know i finished mcCourt's angela's ashes in two sittings? THis was years ago, when it first came out. Never got to read the two sequels though, still hoping to borrow it from someone...

bibliobibuli said...

dear simon - if you are a good book borrower you can borrow 'em both from me

i will be at british council for a meeting wed morning and can bring the copies along ... give me a call
016-356-4097

simon said...

hey, thanks for the offer, but i won't be around there tomorrow... sigh...

bibliobibuli said...

ne'r mind simon - next time! offer is still open