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@peterrobinson should interview this English gentleman on Uncommon Knowledge.
Background: My life was transformed by a great teacher at a state university in Sacramento. Dr. David Bell taught me, as a published writer with a B.A. in English, that I still couldn’t read or write effectively. I could not call myself a real writer until I got an A on a six-page paper in one of his four graduate seminars.
In the first, Austen and Bronte, I got a B on the paper. In the second, Richardson and Fielding, I got a B+. In the third, Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle’s text as the course text, I had a major revelation and got an A-. In the final seminar, my last chance, called The Age of Jonson, I wrote on Burke’s Imagery in Reflections on the Revolution in France. It was the last paper due in the course, and I wrote it over a six-hour period the day it was due.
I got the A and finally could call myself a writer.
Not long after, he retired (in the 1990s), and I’ve despaired ever since that great teachers would rise in the coming decades given the state of our universities.
But I now know of one, and I have joined his Patreon world. He is worth every penny.
His name is Benjamin McEvoy, and he reminds me of Dr. Bell, his passion and inspiration, and mastery of articulate expression.
I will post links to some of his videos here and in the comments. Perhaps you will find one worth checking out. Like and subscribe and spread the word. Benjamin gives me hope.
And yes, Peter. I think he would be a fantastic interview.