I skimmed through this article with a gnawing feeling of comfort that Richard Pells wrote it. [via] I reached the end and read: “Richard Pells is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin.”
Hey! I took his class! It was an American History class – “American Culture Since 1945” and it was cool. I remember I dropped out of David Montejano’s “Texas , 1914 to Present” ’cause I couldn’t handle writing the essay exams. Two or three just for the first test! I totally punked out. Anyways, Pells was different. We looked at history through culture. I remember buying Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Ellison’s Invisible Man and Pells’ Not Like Us. But I also recall discussing Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean, their movies and the elements of society that they represented and contrasted. I had no trouble writing and getting a B in his class.
That’s it. Just a shout out to Richard Pells. If you’re able, take his class.
UPDATE: I changed my mind. That is not it. Read the whole article. I plan on quizzing you after my NAT review gets published.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.