My teachers at the Collegiate School were either too starchy

or too folksy for my taste and I did not find

them as spellbinding as those I later had at NYU.

The professors at NYU seemed to me bristling with energy

and opinions — some of them decidedly and unashamedly left-wing opinions.

Many of the NYU professors were Jews, excitable in a

manner hardly foreign to me, but even the ones who

weren’t Jews talked a lot faster and more combatively than

the teachers at Collegiate and brought with them into the

classroom an attitude that was sharper, harder and more vital.

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Paraphrases from the novel Indignation by Philip Roth.

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