The Harvard Arts Medal

The Harvard Arts Medal


My Harvard education, well, it went on for a while. So it is one part inspiration and nine parts perspiration whereas with the poets it’s the other way around and that’s why people find them so annoying, they say I’m not looking out the window I’m working working visually working with people and you know capturing something extraordinary about ordinary life If I could encourage young girls to pick up the guitar and maybe be part of that movement that would allow that sexism in my end of the world to be eradicated a little bit that I could do something good with this guitar. I took a class with a guy named Anthony Kubiak and I had taken a few of his classes he was a wonderful teacher and I started Good Will Hunting and it was a playwriting class I never took film seriously I, you know, I came much more from theatre before Put yourself in situations where you can play with the best musicians possible and play with honesty and integrity Oh well it was it was great because I could get into the Widener Library stacks which is where I put the secret service in the Republic of Gilead I think the time it’s never been better for music if you’re good you’re going to get through no matter what Through music, it’s a medium you could actually explore everything and then I was able to to say okay I do have a passion this is something I can readily sign on to do.

Dereck Turner

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