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  1. Baird is a legendary teacher, who designed the most interesting department-wide daily college Freshman English course (not adequately understood by Prof Varnum), who read most books in the Amherst College Library, yet who did memorable classroom stunts, like entering the first day through the window, pointing at it and asking his students,"What's that?" They, "A window." He, "It's a door, can't you see I just came in through it?" He then threw his hat into the wastepaper basket, "What's that?" T [...]

  2. This is the sort of strange and interesting book that makes you happy there are still university presses around publishing books that almost no one will read, but that will be appreciated by those who do. I read this volume because, although I never met him, I feel a sense of lineage with Baird, since he taught people who in turn taught me how to teach writing. The book is itself pure esoterica, an adamantly local history of the teaching of writing at a small New England men's college (Amherst). [...]

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