The First Word: Rebekah Lee

Rebekah-LeeIntroduction from Dr. Justin Thurman, English Professor: Ignore for a moment that this essay celebrates perhaps one of the greatest final paragraphs of one of the greatest novels written by an American in English. That’s not why this essay is good (but, really, The Great Gatsby is amazing, right?). Rebekah Lee’s “What’s Your Line, Old Sport?” is successful because she worked through draft, after draft, after draft. And then she worked on it some more. It’s a great piece to kick off the Spring semester of exemplary first-year writing; it’s about paying attention and learning to love what you read and see in this world. Read her essay here.

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