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You can’t judge a book by its cover—but it is fun to see what Arts and Science students, staff and faculty are reading.

Senior Will Johnson (pictured) is reading Africa: A Biography of the Continent by John Reader. (Will traveled to South Africa a few semesters ago as part of Vanderbilt’s VISAGE program). The economics major is also reading:

  • The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons
  • From Poverty to Prosperity by Arnold Kling and Nick Schulz

  • Shakespeare’s Richard II, Richard III, As You Like It and Henry IV Part 1
  • The Routledge Drama Anthology and Sourcebook, edited by Maggie B. Gale and John F. Deeney

—Maddie Fansler, junior, theater

  • The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
  • Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert
  • The Yiddish Policemen’s Union: A Novel by Michael Chabon
  • Phenomenology of Perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
  • Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era by Russ Castronovo

—Jennifer Fay, associate professor of film studies and English

And since film is her field of study, here’s what she’s viewing:

  • Marwencol (Jeff Malmberg, 2010)—recently at the Belcourt
  • The President’s Mystery (Phil Rosen, 1936)
  • The Hole (Tsai Ming-Liang, 1998)
  • TV on DVD: Friday Night Lights

  • The Sacrament of Language by Giorgio Agamben
  • The Implications of Immanence: Toward a New Concept of Life by Leonard Lawlor
  • Hatred and Forgiveness by Julia Kristeva

—Sarah Hansen, PhD’10, lecturer in philosophy

  • “On Faith” blog, Washington Post.com
  • The Cider House Rules by John Irving

—Gabe Horton, senior, political science

  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  • Double Talk by Virginia M. Scott
  • Elementary Hindi by Richard Delacy and Sudha Joshi
  • Rajasthan: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur (Fodor’s Travel Guide)

—Todd F. Hughes, director, Vanderbilt Language Center, and associate editor, Hispania Journal

photo credit: Steve Green

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  • Damien said:

    Thanks for the post, it’s always good to see & know what other people are reading. Also good to hear of books.