The Phantom Voice
By Jacob Samson
Q:Why do you hate The Phantom Voice?
A: (Laughing) I don’t hate the paper at all. It’s mostly jocularity between Prince and myself. I like the fact that the kids run with it and Prince knows what he’s doing.
Q: What is your favorite word?
A: Halcyon and nostalgia.
Q :What is your least favorite word?
A :Meetings. I also hate the concept of having a “meeting about meetings.”
Q: What turns you on creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
A: I like to be outside and doing things that don’t require too much structure.
Q: What turns you off creatively, emotionally, and spiritually?
A: Too many rules bug me, too much compliance, and having to follow some sort of established set of ideas.
Q: What sound or noise do you love?
A: I love the sound of waves crashing on the shoreline.
Q: What sound or noise do you hate?
A: Any kind of shouts of hatred.
Q: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A: Tight end for the Tennessee Titans.
Q: What profession would you not like to do?
A: Any job that I have to work in a cubical.
Q: If heaven exists, what would you like the hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
A: Here’s your brother.
Q: If a biography was written about you what would you want the title to be?
A: Scrub life.
Q: What is your favorite book and why is it your favorite?
A: Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem. I like it because it has a really inventive narrator who suffers from terrets, plus it’s a mystery.
Q: What is your favorite book that you teach?
A: Gatsby because I like to tie it into the personal narrative the seniors have to write.
Q: What is one book you wish you could teach?
A: I wish I could teach A Confederacy of Dunces but it’s too graphic in nature at times.
Q: Who is your favorite author and why?
A: I like Caleb Carr because he writes really dark and sinister suspense thrillers and a lot of his books use historical figures in a fictional way, which I find interesting.
Q: As The Phantom Voice’s shrillest and harshest critic from its inception, what was it like for you to see the paper succeed?
A: (Laughing) Oh Prince. It is great, and it was fun to go into a room and see all of the teachers reading it.
Q: What are your thoughts on the paper now and how has it changed since our first release?
A: I am continuously impressed with the level of workmanship the writers put into the paper. Especially all of the time the editors put into the paper.
Q: Is there anything you would like to tell Prince and the writers?
A: Amazing work, especially with nothing other than just creative ideas.
Q: Finally, what is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
A: The most rewarding part of being a teacher is the satisfaction in seeing a student understand something and improve in a subject. The best compliment I ever received was “Wow that period went so fast” meaning it was fun and engaging. I like seeing students become teachers but the best reward is just the work and relationships formed with the kids.