Spring Break Reading
Posted on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 by Austin Gerth
I haven’t done as much reading this break as I initially planned (a not uncommon situation for me), but I’ve done at least enough that I feel justified spending 200 to 400 words telling you all about it. As I noted in my previous post, I began reading Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers. Kushner was a finalist for the National Book Award last year, and she will be on campus later this month for Concordia’s annual National Book Awards event, which is pretty cool. When I bought the book at the Cobber Bookstore before break I had planned to read the entire thing this week, but that hasn’t really panned out; I’m only around 50 pages in. I’m still hoping to finish the book before Kushner comes to campus, so that I’ll be able to get the most out of her discussion of it at the event. I’m also still reading Don Quixote, which I’ve posted about previously, though unfortunately I’ve fallen far behind my intended speed.
The other reading I’ve been doing is all class-oriented. I’ve been assigned to read T.S. Eliot’s long poem The Waste Land for my American literature course, and Sigmund Freud’s The Future of an Illusion for my philosophy course. I’ve started both but finished neither.