What Core’s reading these days


According to Joseph Addison:

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

We agree!

With the abundance of minds that come and go about the Core office, we from time to timecollect a list of what current students are reading. Seldom are we disappointed by the variety of experiences. On a recent Tuesday morning, here are the responses given to our inquiry, by people hanging about CAS 119:

  • Radhika Akhil, CAS ’16, is currently reading Murder as a Fine Art by David Morell, published by Mulholland Books; the book follows Thomas de Quincey as a suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders in London.
  • Femke Hermse, CAS ’18, is currently reading Shifting Sands by Joel Migdal, published by Columbia University Press; the book analyzes the approach of U.S. officials toward the Middle East since World War II.
  • Dana Barnes, CAS ’16, is currently occupied by My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, published by Random House; the book presents an account of Steinem’s life as a traveler and activist.
  • Justin Lievano, CAS ’16, is reading The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, published by Dover Publications; Wharton’s first literary success, it presents a tragic love story amidst the New York society of the early twentieth century.
  • Yanni Metaxas, CAS ’18, is reading Bangkok Haunts by John Burdett, published by Vintage; it follows the adventure of a Thai police detective.
  • Zak Bos, GRS 2012, is currently reading The Taste of Angels by Francis Henry Taylor, published by Little, Brown; it presents a history of art collecting.
  • Priest Gooding, CAS ’18, only recently completed reading The Search for Truth About Islam by Ben Daniel, published by Westminster John Knox Press; the book follows Christian pastor Ben Daniel as he attempts to alleviate the fears of Islam prevalent among many modern Americans.
  • Dr. Robin Stevens is currently re-reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series by Stieg Larsson, published by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; the first book follows the disappearance of a young woman.
  • Dr. Kyna Hamill is reading A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym, published by Open Road Media; the novel tracks the bored and unsatisfied Wilmet Forsyth when her life takes a turn.

Keep reading, folks.

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