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Applied Thesis

In general, public opinion looks down upon the academic world for living in something of a vacuum. At first glance, their work generally seems very stuffy and esoteric. Academic essays often exist within a conversation that is only well known by the scholars of that particular strain of thought or literature.

Picking up an academic article is a daunting task. Words will crop up that you weren’t even aware existed. Obscure references are made. Above all, the article drags on for pages and pages and pages. Following the train of thought is difficult in each paragraph, and tracing the line of thought from opening to closing paragraphs is a feat in and of itself.

For this reason I was wildly pleased to discover about a visiting writer to Butler’s campus by the name of Chuck Klosterman. He brings the acuity of academic writing to the world of pop culture. In the opening chapter of his book “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs” he recounts the development of cold cereal from its original design as a puritanical sexual-suppressant  into the sugary, cartoon-marketed product we know today.

Chuck Klosterman will be reading at the Reilly Room on Thursday, January 31st at 7:30 PM.

Going for a Joy Read

One of the saddest parts about coming to college for me as an English Major and avid reader is that my free time is SEVERELY limited. That means things I did in summer free time have to be cut. This includes jumping through sprinklers, rolling down hills, and most unfortunate of all, reading for fun.

This week I decided, why the heck shouldn’t I? If I squeeze in just a few pages a day, I can still do what I love. So I traipsed over to the library, picked up a copy of Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried” and got to it.

This is a novel that I’ve been wanting to read for a while, and it’s so great to set some time, however small, to spending time on the things I love. Cause if you aren’t doing that, then what are you doing with your time at college?

My leaning pile of books to read...NOW!