To learn more about films about English Professors, I interviewed my friend Sean who is a college English Professor. Originally from Florida, now teaching in the middle of California, he skates, surfs, writes poetry and novels, runs the indie Gorsky Press, and is a Thomas Pynchon scholar.
We talk about the English Professor character in movies, real life awkward interactions, when and why books make good films, and get to hear some great secrets about professors that could make better films. Sean also reminds me about the power of movies on the public and political views, and how films might be harming our view of higher education.
Sean's new book = "a collection of short stories about my favorite authors and their metaphysical ukuleles. Each story is an homage to a specific author. Most are based upon true events in the authors’ lives. All of them include a ukulele."
Sean's author page
clip from "Animal House"
clip from "Inherent Vice" trailer
which happens to use a song that's in Animal House
list of authors we spoke about and the books that Sean recommends:Herman Melville, Moby Dick