Arts in New York City: Baruch College, Fall 2008, Professor Roslyn Bernstein
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Sam Freedman



At an instant, when Sam Freedman visited our classroom, one could tell he was dedicated and humble. Barely late at all, he was apologetic of running a bit behind, despite countless valid excuses. What a busy man! I believe a lot of his energy and drive contribute to his successes as a writer, teacher, and human being. When he began speaking about his novel, one could tell he was kind, despite what could be considered mean about his nature towards his mother in “Who She Was.” He spoke as an author should, with words full of color. One thing that struck me as odd was the repetition of the word obscure to describe his mother. It is such an honest word, but I would have used it to negatively describe someone whose character I find to be slightly off, yet he used the word without remorse, as if it was in full of meaning, but dead in the way I am used to.

Sam Freedman’s search for honest facts enthralled me and made me wonder what drove this man to such integrity. I am glad he has seemed to make atonement with his mother by writing the novel. He seems like a good man who has had regrets, but he is changed forever because of it. He was extremely helpful in giving us advice for our own papers. His research methods are so involved, which further show his dedication to make amends with his mother. Another thing the Freedman taught me was that it is much easier to make amends with a family member while they are still living!