It was a short week but I pushed my students into deep thought. This morning I read this quote from a David Foster Wallace speech about Franz Kafka and figured it was worth sharing:
D0 you think it’s a coincidence that college is when many Americans do their most serious fucking and falling-clown drinking and generally ecstatic Dionysìan-type reveling? It’s not. College students are adolescents, and they’re terrified and dealing with their terror in a distinctively US way. Those naked boys hanging upsìde down out of their frat house’s windows on night are simply trying to buyI a few hours’ escape from the grim adult stuff that any decent school has forced thern to think about all week.