It’s Really That Simple
The highly regarded film actor, novelist, and director Ethan Hawke was recently interviewed by the New York Times Magazine. When asked about what kind of advice he gives his children, he responded “I tell them the more you read, the more intelligent you are. It’s really that simple.”
If you’d like to expand your reading beyond the requirements of your coursework, the Library offers something for everyone. Do you want an intriguing novel? How about Julian Barnes’ Arthur & George, a philosophical mystery featuring Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and an Anglo-Indian civil servant. Or Allegra Goodman’s Intuition, about a cancer researcher swept up by politics and ambition. If you prefer non-fiction, Elizabeth Kolbert’s Field Notes From a Catastrophe collects conversations with scientists on global climate change. Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between recounts his walk across Afghanistan in the winter of 2002. Short on time? How about some short stories by Edward P. Jones or Mary Gordon. Or drop by the Libraries’ magazine lounges and check out some of the fine writing in the Atlantic, National Geographic, or the New York Times Magazine. If you want to read, we’ve got something for you. It’s really that simple.
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