I just visited my new office at the University of Michigan and put the final touches on my course-pack. I’ll be teaching college writing, and my students will be reading essays by Twain, George Saunders, Leslie Silko, Tim O’Brien, Edward Said, Grace Paley, David Foster Wallace, Christopher Hitchens, and Alice Walker. I know, most of these writers are novelists, but I find their essays brilliant.
One of the things I love about teaching is sharing great, persuasive, creative prose with young’uns. Plus…it’s an election year, and many of the students will be voting for the first time, and I’m really stoked to give them tons of great arguments to study.