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By Ezra Klein  |  May 7, 2010; 12:35 PM ET
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I had never seen this guy before this interview (no, I don't watch all the videos you post, but I watch many of them), and I was really impressed. What an interesting and insightful person. He made me want to learn more about cooking. Which is saying something.

Posted by: slag | May 7, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I’m impressed by the comment above, which remarked about the uniqueness of the interview and concluded “He made me want to learn more about cooking. Which is saying something.”

Going beyond the obvious – both from the standpoint of the speaker and the listener – winds up being beneficial both to the speaker and the listener. To someone who has been neither an astute speaker nor an astute listener, the concept is difficult; conversely, to those who read without axe in hand – those who read believing that no particular purpose exists in the writing – there is an intriguing challenge.

For example, a reader might see a piece about this coming Sunday, might comment that “May 9 is a holiday, of sorts,” and might read many additional replies involving Mothers’ Day. Of course, Mothers’ Day is, in fact, on 9 May of this year; however, the more astute commenter might go beyond the obvious and find other significance to the date.

But civility, learning, and discourse seems to go beyond even thorough investigation: continuing the example, while there are facts associated with the 9 May date, there are also ramifications (both preceding and subsequent to the date). If we assume that human existence is a building process, how should an antecedent teacher lead students to (a) investigate the 9 May date, and (b) comment (perhaps through both words and other gifts) appropriately?

Ah, but it’s just lunch break on a Friday… Who’d ever pause to think about Sunday?

Posted by: rmgregory | May 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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