A note in the program says that Ron “wanted to deter his
students from the allure of totalitarianism.” My impression is that
explanation was merely an excuse he gave one student’s parent. Whatever
Ron’s original pedagogical motives were, those motives dissolve with his
innocence as he takes on the lascivious appeal of power.
Hayley Powell’s In Which I Set Myself on Fire is a noble
effort to give shape to a complex idea — the collective reality of shared
experience, the mental synchronicity that happens among close friends.