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Daniel Wenger

tutor, writer, artist

Daniel, who studied English and history at Harvard, has tutored in New York City since 2010. He has served on the editorial staffs of Harper’s, Medium, and, most recently, The New Yorker. There, he wrote frequently for the Web site and the magazinehis most delicious assignments were restaurant reviewsand edited features on everything from the hedge-fund industry to the search for an HIV/AIDS cure. Nowadays, he’s pursuing his interest in painting and drawing full-time, which has led him to teachers as far afield as Italy and Jerusalem.

…a text I love to teach

Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, a snowy New England ghost story that’s about as dramatic as great writing can get: sordid love triangle, a disfiguring sledding accident, youths permanently destroyed, etc. It sounds weird and terrifying, and it is.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

The big island of Hawaii. There’s just something about volcanoes.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Eight random people from each of the last eight centuries, imbued with the ability to communicate perfectly in English and the strong desire to tell me everything about their daily lives.

…something I can’t stop thinking about

How humbling real learning is, and how exciting it is to let it happen.