The Greatest of Teachers

Caitrin Keiper, The Weekly Standard, September 7, 2015.


An added benefit of this and many of her other classes was the habitual presence of her partner in all things, Leon Kass, resulting in what she self-mockingly (but accurately) would sometimes refer to as “the Amy and Leon Show.” They always sat directly across from each other, while an invisible line between them crackled with tangible energy, like some kind of superstring from outer space. This was the marriage you wanted to have, if you only knew that such existed. Best of all was when they disagreed​—​not only for the spectacle of a good-humored literary squabble, but because it showed the students that multiple perspectives really were defensible, and because the engagement between them energized the text and led to deeper understanding. (That said, she usually “won.”)

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