After teaching Abraham Cahan’s “A Sweat-shop Romance” this semester, I decided that I needed to read The Rise of David Levinsky. I think this description of America is very interesting:

She said, in substance, that America was a land of dollars, not of education, and that she wanted me to be an educated man. (72)

Poems for the Semester

Today, I wrapped up the poetry unit with my Literature and the Liberal Arts class. I asked students to name a poem or two they found surprising or memorable. This semester, that poem for me was Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus,” particularly the ending stanza:

Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air


So far this summer, I’ve read Middlemarch, which I last read nine years ago. I found it enriching to experience this story again, which one of my friends has called “the ultimate story about being an adult.” Here’s a wonderful line from Dorothea Brooke:

“I believe that people are almost always better than their neighbours think they are” (698).