I asked him what he's working on currently and he told me about his next project which sounds pretty awesome. Then he asked me if I write. I said that I kinda blog but wished I wrote for real. I told him that since I teach English and spend so much time analyzing the best writers/books/essays/stories ever my writing inevitably fails to be remotely pleasing to me. He said that he does the same thing. That there is always a nagging voice in his head telling him his writing is shit. He also said, "That's what first drafts are for," which sounded great and motivational and I may use it on my students. But I still look at my writing and wonder why the hell it's so awful.
Mea Culpa by Brian Doyle
Well first off, Brian Doyle is my hero. He's written a million essays, some non-fiction books, some novels, and everything he does is absolutely badass. The guy is such a gifted storyteller. I read his stuff and just want to become friends with him. My wife tells me that he's my author crush. I don't deny it. I just read this essay about his feelings toward gay people. As a man in his mid-forties I can relate to this essay. One of my favorite things is when I read something and think, "Yeah! That's exactly how I feel!" This essay is that.
Essay: 10 of 10
If Brian Doyle wrote it, it gets a 10. Don't question it, accept it.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I think this would be awesome to use in a high school or middle school. I think lots of kids, boys especially, could relate to it and learn from it. Please notice that I'm not giving much information about the essay and that's intentional because I want you, the reader to click on the link and read it. It's only 780 words so it won't take much time so go do it. Click now.