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#428764 - 03/22/13 10:38 PM Horace Mann School (The New Yorker by Marc Fisher)
Lancer Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 901
Loc: Florida
This is a long, extraordinarily well-written and TRIGGERING read by Marc Fisher, primarily about teacher Robert Berman.

#428803 - 03/23/13 08:15 AM Re: Horace Mann (The New Yorker, by Marc Fisher) [Re: Lancer]
Jude Offline

Registered: 08/09/12
Posts: 1490
Loc: New England

Holy cow! What a cesspool!

" of my favorite teachers, Tek Young Lin, admitted having sex with several students, broke decades of silence. “Everything I did was in warmth and affection and not a power play,” Lin told the Times. “In those days, it was very spontaneous and casual, and it did not seem really wrong.”

For real? Not really wrong? Burn the place down.

"But now old friends are acting strange,
they shake their heads, they say I've changed.
Something's lost but something's gained in living every day's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all. "
Joni Mitchell

#428827 - 03/23/13 01:02 PM Re: Horace Mann (The New Yorker, by Marc Fisher) [Re: Lancer]
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Registered: 10/15/12
Posts: 915
Loc: New York
Oh God dammit what an awful article, about an awful place.

The way that uber-perp Berman would demean and humiliate his victims into letting him have his way with them is as much cult as rape.

He should be Tasered to death, the school shut down and all its funds seized and redistributed to the victims, the directors and trustees jailed forever and listed as sex offenders after the fact.

My story

"Don't think it hasn't been a little slice of heaven just because it hasn't!" --Bugs Bunny

#428830 - 03/23/13 01:10 PM Re: Horace Mann (The New Yorker, by Marc Fisher) [Re: Lancer]
pufferfish Offline

Registered: 02/26/08
Posts: 6819
Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Lancer
This is a long, extraordinarily well-written and TRIGGERING read by Marc Fisher, primarily about Robert Berman.

Lancer, I hope I didn't steal your thread. My entry seems highly related to yours.

I also had a "special" English teacher at East High School in Denver: Justin W. Brierly. I had him for American Literature.

I was in 11th grade. He made us memorize the entire list of Pulitzer Prize Winners. I still retain that information. Judy Collins was in the same class. I hated East High School, as did most of us.

I was surprised when another guy in the class complained to me that he went in to ask JWB a question and JWB started running his hand up and down his leg. If he had done that to me, with my background, I would probably have gone ballistic.


Brierly took an interest in Cassady, as well as other troubled youth, and enjoyed a mentoring role to them in hopes of turning them around. That he was purported in various accounts to be homosexual, his motives for helping young men have been grist for the rumor mill.


But I was talking about my mom. She and Cassady were not classmates. My mother was born in 1931, Cassady in 1926. They never met, but in a game of six degrees of separation, I can link them through their high school English teacher, a gay guy, Columbia University graduate, and Denver socialite named Justin Brierly. Should I call him "gay"? What word, if any, did they use in Denver during World War II? Brierly introduced Cassady to Hal Chase, who went to Columbia University with Jack Kerouac. So Brierly got the boys together. He appears in On the Road, disguised as Denver D. Doll, and he is described in Kerouac's biographies as an opera lover and a mentor to young men, some of whom he steers …

Judy Collins and East High School

East High gave me an opportunity to excel in music. After having all that extraordinary background at EH, I went off to college and imploded. I wonder why the preparation didn't work?


Edited by pufferfish (03/23/13 02:12 PM)

#428868 - 03/23/13 09:15 PM Re: Horace Mann (The New Yorker, by Marc Fisher) [Re: Lancer]
Lancer Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 901
Loc: Florida
Hijack away, Puffer! ;-)

What was particularly intriguing to me was that Berman's influence was all about power over the teenagers. How many times have we heard that here on MS? (And quite similar to my own situation with my high school guidance counselor perp who I knew controlled my schedule, college plans, etc.).

And I like that Fisher took a different tack on the effects. Instead of citing figures, psychologists, etc., he went right to the experiences, even years on, of Berman's "special" students right into adulthood. imo, that approach made more of an impression.


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