daraus: "Everybody who has ever felt the need to write knows the silent hour. I
have come across many such people – and indeed many such hours – during
my writing and teaching life. I’ve been teaching now for the best part
of 20 years. That’s a lot of chalk and a lot of red pencil. I haven’t
loved every minute of it, but I’ve loved most. There’s been a National Book Award for one student. A Booker Prize for another. Guggenheims. Pushcarts.
Mentorships. Friendships. But let’s be honest, there has been burnout
too. There’s been weeping and gnashing of teeth. There have been
walkouts. Collapses. Regret."