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.
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: