I was lucky enough to take part in Herb's seminar on terrorism during the winter of 2010 and I still think about (and quote) many of the things he said in our discussions. I currently teach in a classroom halfway between our seminar room and the Simpson Center -- where we held our final class meeting, where he spoke with passion about Chris Burden, Giorgio Agamben, passed around a book about Viennese Actionism, and got his hands around one student's neck as if to choke her, before retiring into the adjacent room for a proper reception (with caviar) -- and I think about his class every time I enter the building. It was a tough quarter, and I generally left the seminar feeling exhausted, but it was undoubtedly the most fulfilling classroom environment I have experienced. He took each student to the faculty club at some point during the quarter, asking us questions about our lives and interests, and sharing some of his own stories. "You have Marxist tendencies?" he asked me at one point, "Me too." Another time, over email, I had mentioned an idea I was going to share in my discussion on Baudrillard's The Spirit of Terrorism, regarding the singularity of Phillipe Petit's reconnecting the two simulacral towers. He endorsed it with enthusiasm then, in class, went on to tell stories about having breakfast with Baudrillard -- "Jean, when you talk about America you're like one of those SCUD missiles, always a dramatic performance, but never quite on target" -- and about one time in Denver, when Petit strung a highwire between two hotels and, if memory serves, carried his infant daughter between the buildings. I don't know if this is true and that's not the point anyway. The point is, in my experience, Herb was an excellent teacher, an incisive mind, and a fearless critic, and I'll always be grateful for the ten weeks I spent in his presence.