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David Rothschild

tutor, musician

David is a musician, writer, and tutor born and raised in New York, having graduated from Edgemont High School magna cum laude. At Duke University, David majored in English and Biology with minors in Chemistry and History, and was awarded the Anne Flexner Prize for Creative Writing upon graduation. After school, David worked in the corporate world for a few years first as a Management Consultant at PwC and then in marketing roles at two different tech companies before realizing his passions lay elsewhere. As a singer-songwriter and band leader, David has released two albums of original music, with a third record on the way. The son of a high school teacher who led after school classes throughout high school and college, David has been tutoring since 2016.

…a text I love to teach

Raise High The Roof Beams, Carpenters by JD Salinger. Beyond the elegant, dignified prose – which takes some diligent work to dig through — lies a hilarious and heartbreaking story about crazy families, self-righteous New Yorkers, and the importance of not judging a book by its cover. I love seeing students shift from, “what the hell is going on” to “oh wait, this is actually pretty funny.”

…a favorite place I’ve visited

Call it cliche, but I can never get enough of Paris. Put me at a cafe table with a glass of wine and a good conversationalist/book and I’m a very happy man.

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

Hmmm…a part of me just wants to invite all the members of the E-Street band (from 1978, let’s say), but I’ll diversify and say Levon Helm, Joni Mitchell, David Foster Wallace, Maya Angelou, Natalie Portman, Ram Dass, Stevie Wonder, and J. Robert Oppenheimer.

…something I can’t stop thinking about

Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about how crazy it is that we have dogs. I mean, as Homo sapiens…I think it’s wild. Like, there’s this other species that we have these elaborate and distinctive, many-to-many relationships with – despite not sharing a language or a whole lot of common ancestry. There are multiple dogs in my life who each know how to manipulate me in their own unique and complex ways – which are different from how they interact with other humans. I dunno, I think that’s crazy and I think about it all the time. That and the robot revolution.