I was not a good student through my entire life. My mind was out the window. I drew underneath the desk. I drew pictures. I wasn’t learning the way I was supposed to learn and I think I realized that my education was going to happen when I got out in the world and engaged with other cultures, other places, other languages and had the adventure of exploration and I felt: That’s my education.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.