Last night Charles, Ocracoke's high school English teacher, joined us (David, Amy & Lachlan, David's parents, Pat & Steve, and me) for dinner. I baked two quiches and Amy & Pat put together a tasty salad. Much of the evening's talk centered around literature (Charles is extremely well read and a highly talented teacher). Shakespeare and Updike were mentioned, along with some others (including Neal Stephenson, whose almost 1200 page novel, Cryptonomicon, ranks among Charles' top three favorites, and which both David and I enjoyed [David more than I, however], but most of our conversation focused on David Foster Wallace. In case Wallace is unfamiliar to you, he wrote, among other things, Infinite Jest, a novel, and Consider the Lobster, a collection of essays. I have not read Infinite Jest, but his other writings are brilliant, although his extensive use of footnotes is quirky to say the least.
Just thought our readers would like to know that Ocracoke school boasts many excellent teachers, including Charles who always amazes me with his erudition, and with his ability to connect with students. And besides having Charles as a teacher, his students are also blessed with extremely small class sizes. How much better could public education get?
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Lou Ann's story of participating in the 2008 Christmas Bird Count on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here.
To read about Philip's new book, Digging up Uncle Evans, History, Ghost Tales, & Stories from Ocracoke Island, please click here.