I think that teaching is very difficult. I enjoy it, but there are times when I wonder about the goals of reading literature in the classroom. I think that reading is a peaceful activity, and one that leads to understanding. So: These are two things that I love about teaching. It values two things — peace and understanding — that are integral to making the world a better place. I guess that these are the same two things that I value in writing. My books seemed — seemed — to care for me when I was a teenager. Books can care for you in a way that people can’t. They are reliable and, even when they challenge you, they do it to make you smarter and stronger. I think. So: That’s my rambling monologue about teaching for the day.

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