But Do You Know the Secret (K)nock?

Sitting in my office this morning, as a student appears in my doorway. He peers through thick glasses, blinking at me owlishly.

“Doctor [Mondo]?”

“That would be me.”

“I was talking to [another student] the other day…”


“Is it true that you’re… a libertarian?”

“Yeah. I’ve really been pretty apolitical in recent months, but yeah. You?”

(Student glances furtively back and forth along hallway.) “I’m a libertarian Republican.”

“Mm-hmm. I used to describe myself that way, but not these days.”

“I know what you mean.”

“Yeah, I voted for the Republicans fairly often in the past, as the lesser evil, but I’ve kind of reached a saturation point. So now I’m more of a Nockian. I call myself a small-l libertarian.”

The student smiles, then nods. Stares at me, blinks.

“So, what’s your name?” I ask.

He tells me.

“It’s nice meeting you, [Student.] If you want to talk about this stuff, feel free to drop by anytime.”

“Great!” And he wanders away, and I pack my computer and such before I come home to see how my house is holding up as Tropical Storm Hermine crosses into South Carolina. It’s an odd career I have, but I enjoy it.


About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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One Response to But Do You Know the Secret (K)nock?

  1. And thus are seeds planted.

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