The Goucher community loves to read,
and I want to keep talking about it.
1. Who are you and what are you interested in?
Levi A. Jones, a junior-ish Anthropology major. I’m interested in political science, history, trivia, Judaic studies, philosophy, death (as Woody Allen said in Annie Hall, “It is a very important subject!”), comic books, mixology, music and films that nobody cares about (but I ramble about them anyway), pet rodents, dog breeds, and absurdity.
2. What are you reading now?
A couple of things, actually. Another Country by James Baldwin, Time Must Have a Stop by Aldous Huxley, and I’m finishing up Mourning and Celebration: Jewish, Orthodox and Gay Past and Present by K. David Brody. None of these are things that I have to read for classes, so I don’t have as much time to devote to them as I would like. Then there are all the essays, articles, and comic books (decided to re-read Vol.1 of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen last night) that I go through…
3. What was the most important book you have ever read?
I’d say the combination of having read The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, The Complete Frank Miller Batman, and Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes all before I hit 5th grade probably ruined me for life (my father gave me these books). Aspects of those three books are pretty ingrained into my personality and thinking…So my family really wasn’t surprised when in early high school I became that weirdo who would read Arthur Rimbaud and William S. Burroughs.
4. If you could suggest one book, what would it be and why?
Well, I read How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden over Spring Break. It is a brilliantly written and drawn memoir of a politically-conscious young woman’s experience on a Birthright trip as she tried to deal with all the social and political grey areas, different accounts, and her own feelings. I’m a big fan of autobiographical comics (and find it fantastic that more women are making them; I love Alison Bechdel’s and Ariel Schrag’s works) and think they should get more notice in the public eye.