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.


Paraphrases from the novel Indignation by Philip Roth.