“A personal library is an X-ray of the owner’s soul. It offers keys to a particular temperament, an intellectual disposition, a way of being in the world. Even how the books are arranged on the shelves deserves notice, even reflection. There is probably no such thing as complete chaos in such arrangements.”
-Jay Parini, “Other People’s Books”
The Chronicle of Higher Education
22 September 2006
October 2006 Esquire magazine Style Rule No. 363: Before you wash your jean shorts, pretreat them by throwing them away.
I was reminded the other day at a teaching seminar of this truism: Students may not remember the substance of what you teach, but they will remember how you made them feel.
Now, I’m no proponent of “emotivism” as a moral philosophy, but I do know that the professors who took the time to make me feel like I was someone worth talking to made all the difference in my own occupational choice.
Are you feeling me?