Transcript: Evan Solomon "Mrs. Stacey - book words" | May 03, 1999

A caption against a black background reads "Evan Solomon. Writer."

Evan is in his thirties, has a soul patch, short black hair, and is wearing a black suit and a black shirt.

He says I DO, IN GRADE 6, REMEMBER
THE CRUCIAL TEACHER
IN MY LIFE WAS
Mrs. STACEY.
AND I REMEMBER HER
AS QUITE STERN
AND QUITE A
GOOD TEACHER.
AND I REMEMBER TWO
THINGS ABOUT HER.
ONE, SHE WAS
READING TO US,
AND I THOUGHT THAT BIG
WORDS WERE BETTER,
THAT BEING
EDUCATED MEANT
YOU COULD USE
BIGGER WORDS.
AND I SAID
THAT TO HER.
AND SHE LOOKED AT
ME AND SAID, "NO.
BEING EDUCATED MEANS
USING THE BEST WORDS
AND SOMETIMES THEY ARE
THE SIMPLEST WORDS."
AND OF COURSE, I ALWAYS
REMEMBERED THAT; EVEN NOW
AS A WRITER, I KEEP
THINKING WHAT GOOD ADVICE
THAT WAS, THAT IT WASN'T
ABOUT USING JARGON
AND WORDS THAT
SCARED THE STUDENTS
BUT WORDS THAT WERE SIMPLE
AND COMMUNICATED THE BEST.
I THOUGHT THAT WAS
PRETTY GOOD ADVICE.

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