I am back, exhausted from the trip home and preparing to give a two and a half hour lecture this afternoon! But I had to rush a brief post to bring everyone up to date on the latest doings of my younger son, Tobias Barrington Wolff. Here is a link to a University of Pennsylvania site where you can find the text of an amicus brief Tobias has submitted to the Supreme Court in an up-coming case on the recognition of same-sex marriages across state lines. Tobias has forbidden me to refer to him as the leading Gay Rights legal scholar in America, but I am permitted to say that he is one of the leading Gay Rights legal scholars in America. This brief is an evidence of the legitimacy of that encomium.
I am very fearful that along about the time I begin lecturing this afternoon, I shall fall asleep. Will the students notice? An interesting question. When I was a twenty-one year old Teaching Fellow at Harvard, I lived in terror that I would simply forget to go to one of the sections I was teaching. [This actually happened to me the next year.] I was utterly oblivious to the fact that most of them would have been thrilled. One of my persistent anxiety dreams takes the form of suddenly realizing, two or three weeks into a semester, that there is a course I am supposed to be teaching that I have never shown up for. I rush off to the class, where the students are all waiting impatiently. It is, as I say, a dream!