Meet Alex

| December 1, 2011

Dearest Reader,

Thank you for reading these words.  I pray that you shall find them, if not worthy, then at least not onerously unworthy of your time.  My name is Alex, and I am a new Library Associate here at the Gottesman Libraries.  I am also a second-year student in Teachers College’s program in Philosophy & Education.  I’m interested, generally, in the history of humanistic approaches to education and the challenges posed to these by the modern, technological world.  I shall now address the real, vital meat of this ‘Meet the Staff’ installment:

What is your favorite meal?: The Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich.

Song you love no matter how many times you’ve heard it: ‘Sugar, Sugar’ by the Archies.

A country you’d like to visit: Gondor.  And if you say that’s not a country, then, Nehwon.

What did you always want to be when you grew up?: A book.  This has not changed.

What was your first job?: Either mucking stalls in a travelling rodeo, or stocking shelves at Ace Hardware.  It’s been so long, I can’t remember which.

What was your worst job?: I choose not to dwell on the negative side of life.

What was your best job?: Working as a Library Associate at Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University.

A book you strongly recommend?: The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris.  A veritable clinic on the art of plotting.  It puts the movie to shame.

Sport you enjoy watching?: The University of Michigan Wolverines football team is the greatest sports team in the history of everything.  This is axiomatic for me.  If you disagree, then I have no use for your opinion on this or any other topic.

Best place to read?: Presumably a medieval turret somewhere with ample candle-light and a slight draft.  However, I have never encountered one of these, so I generally settle for lying down lengthwise on my couch.  Preferably in the company of my wife and our canine housemate.

Favorite authors?: Charles Dickens penned some real club-bangers, for sure.  I read Oswald Spengler before I go to sleep.

Most fascinating person you’ve ever met?: My grandmother.

Here are some pictures I’ve taken that are possibly relevant to the words you may or may not have just read: