The book I now hold in my hands: Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle.
An excerpt I want to share with you from “Twenty-Two Short Lectures”:
SHORT LECTURE IN THE FORM OF A COURSE DESCRIPTION
My idea for a class is you just sit in the classroom and read aloud
until everyone is smiling, and then you look around, and if
someone is not smiling you ask them why, and then you keep
reading–it may take many different books–until they start
What would you start reading aloud?
Here’s another lecture from Mary Ruefle that I love: “I Remember, I Remember.” I’d read it aloud to you if I could.