Thank You, Mr. McCourt

Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis, and Teacher Man, passed away this week.

I enjoyed McCourt’s work for the most part: I was moved, delighted, and impressed by the writer’s voice that I encountered in Angela’s Ashes, less inspired by ‘Tis, and found Teacher Man clumsy, albeit moving.  But on his passing, I’d rather not respond as a reader, critic, or Irish-American, but as a teacher. He taught for 30 years in the NYC Public School System before he was a published author. He figured that a writing teacher better write, and that’s what he kept at. After all those years, he eventually found his voice, eventually found an audience, and eventually found success. There’s a hopefulness to that which can’t be denied.

Thanks, Mr. McCourt

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