When she realized as a child of 12 back in that animals were killed for meat, she turned vegetarian.
They might be piled on the desk in tiny towers. Or they may be neatly — yes, methodically — arranged on floor-to-ceiling shelves. As beach bags, backpacks and airline carry-ons are being packed, summer asks its perennial question, "What are you reading? This photo shows how disorganized my shelves are.
I have been trying to edit a series of volumes that, using more than two dozen authors, comes a little close to doing for Latin America what Weber does singlehandedly for France.
This is always on my graduate reading lists, and it is a book that rewards every re-reading. In the end, it is a perfect example of deep and analytical scholarship done with historical vigor and lovely writing.
My piles of reading take up several feet of floors at home. I keep reading about World War II the subject of a possible course in the future including a new biography of Josef Goebbels. I am also working on a new book about discipline, and this means I am reading things like the "The Rule of St.
In between, I spend too much time trawling the Web and reading mysteries and dystopic science fiction! What are we looking at?
This photo captures the "M" section of my fiction bookshelf, which contains one of the most important authors to my intellectual life: It is a famous novel about the problem of beauty and "racial preference," but we do not read Morrison for sociology though there is that context as well ; we read her for her exploration of the complex, at times contradictory, affective afterlife of having been made into a "raced subject.
But I think literature does more than reflect reality; it can also provide a language to help us confront and think through that which is ineffable in the material realm.
By the way, I see in the photo that Morrison is sandwiched between Montaigne the 16th-century French essayist who taught me a lot about the complexity of "self-representation" as a genre and Haruki Murakami the contemporary Japanese novelist whose first novel in English "Wild Sheep Chase" I worked on during my previous life in publishing.
So, all in all, this photo captures quite an important snapshot of my life! The pile of books that I have to read this summer is overwhelming but let me name the top three that I am reading for no purpose but to read them.
The work of the German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt wielded great influence in European and American scientific and intellectual circles, inspiring among others Charles Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
I just finished writing a book, "Arthur Dove: Always Connect," on abstract painting in the first half of the 20th century in the U. My next research project is about Darwin and scientific illustration, so my reading list will include a lot of writing by and about Darwin.
I also really like "Military Inc. All the books on this shelf, and the ones above and below it, challenge us to understand that authoritarianism is not the default outcome when democracy fails; authoritarian regimes, no less than democracies, must be built, and sustained.
And they come in a full spectrum of variations, from highly competent to utterly inept.
By the way, the bald guy next to me in the photo is the late Boris Berezovsky, Russian oligarch, whom I once brought to Princeton.
Stephen KotkinJohn P. It covers toup to the day of the Nazi invasion, and is subtitled "Waiting for Hitler. This shelf documents two of my many scholarly and pedagogical passions: I began reading Clifton when I was a graduate student in her poetry workshop at Columbia University.
There are so many ways of reading and applying these poems to a working practical philosophy about what it means to be human. Her ability to touch upon this theme seamlessly, even in a poem whose chief preoccupations may be elsewhere, is enviable.
Smithprofessor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts ; director, Program in Creative Writing Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths My last book of poems was concerned in part with what I came to think of as a mixture of the afterlife and the source or force that governs the universe, and her poem sequence, "Messages from the Ones," which speaks in chilling and prophetic clarity about the nature of our lives in the eternal scheme, was a beacon.COUPON: Rent News Writing and Reporting The Complete Guide for Today's Journalist 2nd edition () and save up to 80% on textbook rentals and 90% on used textbooks.
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