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.

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Hello everyone! I’m Austin Gerth, class of 2016, from scenic Princeton, Minnesota. My hobbies include listening to and playing music, reading, watching movies, and thinking about things. I’m majoring in Writing. After college, I hope to be either some sort of writer or some sort of homeless (or both). I chose to come to Concordia mostly for the food, though it has a lot of other good qualities as well. Since coming to Concordia I’ve been to dorm room eggnog parties and late-night viral video productions; I’ve listened to a lot of Justin Timberlake and blindly taken a yoga class with no prior experience; I’ve participated in a heroically unproductive religion study group and fallen asleep in the campus center. On top of these things, I’ve also received a superlative education. If you like wind and pizza, you’ll like Fargo-Moorhead, and if you like corn-oriented humor, semi-gourmet cafeteria food, or late-night intellectual behavior, you’ll like Concordia. If you like all of the above, you’re probably already here and we’re probably already friends.