"One of the issues I kept saying to my students is you have to learn to interrupt. When you raise your hand at a meeting, by the time they get to you, the point is not germane. So the bottom line is active listening. If you are going to interrupt, you look for opportunities. You have to know what you’re talking about."
"Pynchon novels, like certain dishes, tend to suffer only from excessive explanation. I advocate surrender to Pynchon; letting your mind toss on the wild currents of his language is a lot more enjoyable than treating his novels like puzzles, wondering where the pieces fit: Who is Rachel Owlglass? Why are we in Egypt? Just enjoy the bumps—or try to."
"There’s a strong sense here in the culture that it’s not all about individual achievement. It’s about […] a sense of collective good. And the collective culture here, the culture of care and concern for others, the culture of intellectualism with respect, is among the strongest I’ve seen on any campus."
President Clayton Spencer, in a student-conducted interview on the Bates radio station WRBC. (via batescollege)