The New Yorker, “The Big Uneasy”

Copeland has taught at Oberlin since the nineteen-seventies. He was puzzled by many things about today’s students—“They do not make eye contact! They do not look into your motherfucking eyes!”—but what galled him most was their apparent eagerness to go over their professors’ heads.

From this few-months-old article about the current college culture wars. I loved this quote because it evoked all my favorite professors and teachers from throughout my education.

Meanwhile, I may feel like I have a lot of trouble functioning, but at least I’ve got this skill down pat. I love eye contact. Like smiling during conversation, it’s such an easy way to trick people into thinking you care.