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“The school had some good teachers, mostly older women who didn’t care if they were laughed at for reciting poetry, or for letting a tear fall while they described the Battle of Verdun.”

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source: This Boy’s Life (New York: Grove Press, 1989), 182.

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medium: Memoir

“Didn’t somebody ask Leonard Cohen where he got his ideas, and he said that if he knew, he’d go there more often? What I’m trying to do is find a way to get into that place. And I can do it on my own, but it’s been really interesting being around other people, trying to show them about it, because it really is just showing somebody where the path is down to the curvy river. And people think I’m a genie at first, and then they realize, no, I just knew where the trailhead was.”

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source: “Lynda Barry in search of the image world,” The Boston Phoenix, interview by S.I. Rosenbaum, April 13, 2011.

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“In fact, to every young person listening tonight who’s contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child—become a teacher. Your country needs you.”

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source: State of the Union, January 25, 2011.

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medium: speech

notes: full transcript here

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