Hours with Paul Auster (and a note on translation)

auster.paul_One of the greatest aspects of college is the learning-rich atmosphere. I doubt that I will EVER find a place where great thinkers, speakers, and innovators are thrown at me so frequently. Carleton is fantastic about this. Not only do we have incredible faculty members, but they also routinely bring in people to speak to our classes and campus organizations. Moreover, every Friday is convocation, a weekly thought-provoking speech on any topic — think TedTalks but for an HOUR. These events are great and a constant source of inspiration. Last term played host to one of the most inspiring speakers I’ve heard here — Paul Auster. Continue reading

Literary Sophistication – Gagliani Bookshop

IMG_3601The other day a couple of friends and I stumbled upon this bookstore post-tea at Angelina’s. Unable to resist its warm, beckoning glow we hurried inside and were soon exclaiming over the beautiful books it held. Claiming to be the “first english bookshop established on the continent,” this bookstore is beautiful with a wide selection of American, English, and French works. The Gagliani family has always been busy in the book business – publishing works as early as 1520 (it was a Latin grammar book). Here’s a bit of history from their website: Continue reading