The unbearable beauty of...

Okay, this is becoming a meme of sorts. We had parenting. We had not parenting. And now we’ve got grandparenting. I couldn’t not share these reflections from my college professor, Dennis Dalton, on his sacred bonds with his grandchildren. He replies thoughtfully almost every time I send a newsletter, despite the fact that I took his class over 20 years ago now! A true legend at Barnard—often found outside the lecture hall of his Political Theory I or II classes long after they were over, chatting about anything and everything on a students’ mind, his raspberry beret perched atop his bald head. Sometimes that student would be an 18-year-old, earnestly grappling with the Platonic “examined life” (ahem, see Professor Dalton’s influence on the title of this very newsletter?!). Sometimes it would be an aging bookseller from the street’s of Harlem who heard about his classes and slipped in the back. Often it was me, of course, one of his biggest fans for life.

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