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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Back to School

It was my privilege to speak to Professor Ruth Ost's Honors American Lives class about my newly completed manuscript today at my beloved alma mater, Temple University (Journalism, 2000).

Afterwards I traveled across campus, visiting with a former professor and several friends. I also made sure to stop for a cheesesteak at Ernie's lunch truck (the red one on 13th St., between Cecil B. Moore and Montgomery). It's the best on campus!

I had a wonderful time today, but I still had some mixed emotions about my visit to Temple. My time as a college student was the greatest period of independence in my life. Since then, I've become much weaker and far more dependent. On the other hand, at least I'm still here and able to relive those great times.

Though I fondly recall my college days, it sure was nice to be delivering today's lecture as opposed to listening to it!


Anonymous said...

Haha. We really enjoyed listening to you, actually. I meant to say thanks for coming after class but a lot of other people were moving around, trying to talk to you, etc and that room is TINY. By the time it emptied out you were leaving and Ruth had sent me to her office to work on another project.

If I had to pick one thing that stood out about listening to you, it would be your honesty/frankness in answering questions that might make others uncomfortable. You said you're a very private person, so it was especially impressive that you had nothing to hide here.

So yeah, thanks for talking to us... I really hope your book gets published, because I'd like to read the rest of it.

Take care,

Jacquelin Speck (the girl with glasses and curly hair who showed up early to move desks)

Knee-Naa said...

Hello Josh!

I am so glad I met you in the Honors Office. I look forward to reading your works!

Temple U. School of Medicine

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself at Temple! The class certainly appreciated your visit.
I was intrigued by your discussion of why you want to write the book. Often times, an author's intent really guides how the book is written. I must admit, I was a little dismayed about the restriction you had to place on yourself while writing in order to protect yourself and those around you. The honesty in your presentation, however, was so refreshing! I am a private person too so I can understand the difficulty in sharing such details are.
I wish you all the best in publishing this book! People deserve to read these types of accounts and you certainly deserve to tell it! Hope you visit us again at Temple!

Best of luck,