That’s the quandary I face tomorrow, when I’ll be returning to New Orleans’ Isidore Newman School–alma mater of, among others, Peyton and Eli Manning, Walter Isaacson, and Michael Lewis–to talk to the senior class.
This isn’t entirely a shot in the dark, as the seniors are taking a course on the environment, and I’m their speaker as they move into a section on Hurricane Katrina. So it’s obvious that I’m to talk mostly about Storm World and the hurricane-global warming debate.
At the same time, though, that won’t suffice…roughly thirteen years ago, I was one of these seniors. I feel like I need to have something bigger to say to them, beyond being entertaining, beyond making jokes about pachyderm posteriors, and beyond explaining the hurricane-climate debate.
I’m racking my brain, while also well aware that trying too hard to be profound is the worst thing I could do. So, I’m open to suggestions…..