“More than 20 years before I got up the courage to send an open letter to the New York Times accusing my former English teacher Blake Bailey of grooming his eighth grade students and then, years later, coercing us into sex—or, in my case, just holding me down and doing it even while I cried “no” and “stop” repeatedly—I sent a very different letter on his behalf. I wrote his nomination for the Louisiana Humanities Teacher of the Year in 2000, an award he went on to win.” Eve Crawford Peyton in Slate: I Was 12 When We Met.

+ “Before he was Philip Roth’s biographer, Blake Bailey taught the eighth grade. His students say he made them feel special. They worshipped him. They trusted him. He used it all against them.” Slate: Mr. Bailey’s Class.