// Discussing Huck Finn Klein: Mark Twain basically married a much wealthier woman just to take advantage of her money. But I don't want to get too autobiographical here. Class: Autobiographical?
Klein: I will not allow my class to devolve into discussions of panda sex!!!
Klein: You all are young scholars who are among the top 5% of thinkers in the country. Okay, I didn't mean to compliment you guys.
Klein: My 4 year old daughter told me, "I want to sing a song for your students so that they can learn good!" And I said, "Learn well."
Klein: Whenever I ask Naveen a question like "What is your favorite color?", he'd draw a sigma and stuff.
Klein: You can say things just to say it-- things you don’t mean, like when I say to my students “You did a really good job”.
//Klein calling on people. He points at Eli. Klein: You! Eli: I was in your class last semester. You know my name. Klein: Ah, I do know your name. White boy!
//Talking about Myrtle's death in The Great Gatsby Klein: It's not like the trolley problem-- either swerve left and kill a car with 16 Dominican nuns, or swerve right and kill an adulterous woman who carries her surplus flesh sensuously?
//Great Gatsby presentations Brian: The author is taking a modernist approach, recognizing that the character isn’t always doing interesting things. For example, in Harry Potter, they don’t talk about him going to the bathroom. Klein: That chapter was deleted. Class: But there was actually some chapters in Harry Potter where he went to the bathroom… Klein: That part was actually interesting though. Sarah: He took an interesting shit. Klein: Harry on the Potter.
//Talking about downloading a book for free, and the risk of downloading a virus Klein: That's why you do it on a school computer. Then it's Peter Hammond's problem. (pauses) Just kidding...its actually his sysops' problem.