The first day of class we met in the basement of Greylock Dining Hall. There were 14 of us, I believe. He reached into his briefcase on the first day of the course and he put this grotesque Halloween mask on his face. Everybody was embarrassed to silence, what to make of this. This wasn’t a joke. This was an ugly Halloween mask and he kept it on for what seemed like an eternity. It wasn’t. It was less than a minute. And he took it off in a very dramatic fashion and threw it into a trash can. He said, “That mask is my illness. It’s up to you to get past it. Throw it in the trash can just the way I did this mask.”