Week in Review: What I Read

There was a flood of really interesting articles on the web this week. Here is a very small selection of what I perused:

  1. Work Wear: Office Style at the New York Public Library (WSJ)– One of the things I was most excited about doing in NYC was getting my very own NYPL card, corny I know. This story reminds everyone else of what I already know: Librarians are pretty stylish folk!
  2. Letters from Authors to Their Young Fans (Flavorwire) — Authors may be curmudgeonly some of the time but these letters prove that they can also be huge teddy bears. Read through to the end and you’ll come across some of the most heartwarming letters I’ve ever read.
  3. Having Your Coffee and Enjoying It Too (NYT) — It seems as though every day there is new evidence to “prove” that coffee is good/bad for us. This article examines the newest findings and shows that a coffee habit doesn’t make a huge difference overall.
  4. The Timeless Resonance of Dorian Gray (Everyday eBook) — This one just might be cheating since I love Wilde so much but I had to share it! The story truly is timeless and this article sets out to prove it.

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Week in Review: What I Read

Full of excitement, this week has seen the gradual wind-down of senior year begin. I’m running ragged trying to get transcripts sent, Academic Infractions Board Cases heard, and grad classes registered–but I love it!  Here’s what I read this week in between errands

  1. What Books Did People Read On the Titanic? (Bookriot): Saying I’m obsessed with the Titanic is a slight understatement. My roommate and I had the conversation that everyone has “their” tragedy and the sinking of the Titanic is definitely mine. For me it signifies the real end to everything I love about the Victorian era: new technology, W.T. Stead, billionaires, and dreams. Given all of this it’s no surprise that I jumped with joy at all of the press coverage for the centennial. This article was of utmost interest, because c’mon: books + Titanic = love.
  2. Is a Credit Union Your Savior From Student Loan Debt? (Forbes): Another timely article as I just had my loan exit interview here at Kenyon. With student debt rising there’s been an increased interest in how to keep the “next generation” from stumbling to financial ruin. This article is a new take on an old problem.
  3. Podcasts by Oxford University English Faculty (via Blackwell’s Bookshop): Okay, so this one isn’t strictly an article, but it’s a great listen all the same! One of my favorite things about being an English major is that I get to listen to great minds talk about great literature and now I can take it with me! (Bonus: these professors have British accents.)
  4. Tutoring Surges with Fight for Middle School Spots (NYT): Though I read this in the print edition–Kenyon graciously holds subscriptions to the NYT that are delivered to the dining hall Monday through Friday–it’s available online. It boggles my mind that competition is so tough just for middle school tests — I didn’t take a prep course for the SAT! The article reminds me a lot of the documentary Nursery University (check it out if you haven’t already).

Just wanted to share a great new resource:


If you’re anything like me, the new NYT article limit is frustrating. Every morning I get my news from the site, since I’m abroad and can’t get my hands on a physical copy. Sure, I’d love to subscribe to the NYT but as a student that’s just not in my budget. If it’s not in your budget either, check out the link for a work-around below.

Work around New York Times 20 article limit