Ross Posnock is the best teacher I have ever had. Though the course was listed as a lecture, only 7 students enrolled so it turned into a seminar-style class very quickly. I actually did all the readings because I wanted to understand the genius of his observations; he is one of the most eloquent men I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Though he makes his liberal politics quite obvious, he brings in very well-curated commentary to discuss each text (such as the art critic TJ Clark to talk about Stephen Crane), which he always reads from hand-written notes. He repeated themes often, but made me love the books we read and provided useful comments on my papers. I only regret not going to his office more, which is lined from floor to ceiling with books. He is a true intellectual.