New Orleans, LA -- August 17, 2007

At the Tulane University campus,

Reading The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels, for a take-home exam. What he’s learned so far—how to question orthodoxy and alternative concepts of Christianity.

His favorite book--When Rabbit Howls, by Truddi Chase. It's a semi-nonfictional autobiography about a woman who has undergone abuse as a child and had sixty-four personalities. It’s written by “the troops” for Truddi Chase, and is a multi-person autobiography. It was written as part of her therapy, and some of it is fictional.

Right now he's reading The Opium Wars: The Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another, by W. Travis Hanes and Frank Sanello. It's about how, from the 18th century, the British introduced large amounts of opium into China, causing wide spread addiction, until after WWII , when the Maoist government prohibited the importation and started progressive drug reforms. He prefers nonfiction. He reads lots at once and takes big breaths between the books. Right now he's also reading August 1914, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, about the corruption of Czarist Russia and the even greater corruption of the Soviet System; and also, by Solzhenitsyn, Invisible Allies, where the author reveals the courageous people who smuggled his work out of Russia and, sometimes, died as a result.

His own book—it’d be nonfiction, a study on language acquisition. Maybe discoveries on new methods of learning languages. He is a linguistics major.

Have books ever helped him become closer to another person? He gives books away left and right. It’s a part of his friendships in general.

He has lived here for four years. He’s from Texas. Katrina, he says, has not affected his life personally.

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