Here is an example of the rigor Kurt brought to his teaching: a thematic book list from 1995 for Art 110-American Art, at Sacramento State University. The compilation of books referenced in this document were all contained in Kurt's personal library, and he had absorbed every one of them. He urged his students to read books, although as his years of teaching accumulated, each successive year's students read fewer books, not more. Nonetheless, he persevered. "What, then, is a truly 'original' thought or "creative" idea?" he asked.,"is 'originality' an essential quality of either scholarly or artistic activity?"