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New Faculty Profile: Terence Mooney

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, wedged between fruit and fish stands and a post office.
(And Harry had the presumption to complain about cupboards beneath steps.)

What is your academic background? I attended the second-most prestigious co-ed 7-12 “non-public” high school in the United States. I was perhaps taught by the most prestigious celebrity recently gracing chalk-and-blackboard, Lin-Manuel Miranda being my seventh-grade English teacher--before jaunts to Ohio for schooling, Georgia and Massachusetts for teaching.

What are you teaching/coaching/advising/etc. this year? Two sections of eighth-grade English; a section of Writing Semester and another of Shakespeare & Justice in the fall, with two sections of Dark Romanticism in the spring; JS football; 9th grade advisors; and work with the office of Equity & Community. (Mechanics quibblers or Vonnegut acolytes who assert semicolons as anathema, please introduce yourselves!)

What particular tidbit (hobbies? life experiences? 15 minutes of fame?) we should know about you? I’m pretty certain my elementary school chorus sang the national anthem in Madison Square Garden, whether for an audience of Knicks fans, Liberty fans, or no one at all. I’ve never quite determined the line between story-truth and happening-truth, but that misty-brained moment reverberates louder than ever today.

Tell us about a book, film, television program, performance, etc. that has impacted you and why? James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room was a mid-college literary intervention that changed my life; later such revelations came through the writings of Rebecca Solnit, Maggie Nelson, and Gloria Anzaldúa, to name but three other personally sainted scribes.
 
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