THE BEST COLLEGE HOUR I EVER SPENT. The best single hour I ever spent in college came in the winter quarter of my sophomore year. I was in a full-year seminar where every reading assignment was in great literature. The students discussed the works, and the professor guided us. There were fifteen of us, and the discussions were lively. And then one day, we all came in unprepared. We were reading GULLIVER’S TRAVELS. Professor O’Malley allowed the silence to grow. Nobody had anything to say. Every so often Professor O’Malley would suggest a question that we could have asked, but it was almost an hour of uncomfortable silence. After that everybody came in to class armed with enough questions for a full hour of discussion.

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