Boston, MA -- Harvard campus -- August 28, 2007

Reading Agamemnon, Libation-Bearers, Eumenides, Fragments, by Aeschylus, translated by Herbert Weir Smyth, with an appendix by H. Lloyd-Jones.

He got it as a Christmas present.

His favorite book—My Antonia, by Willa Cather, which he read in high school and has read it twice since. It’s long and complex and has great descriptions of nature and interactions between people. How does it make him feel? A whole range of moods--depressed to uplifted.

His own book—it’d be about horses. He grew up riding and kept them at home. It’d be nonfiction, historical, set in ancient Greek and Rome. In the army horses were very important as a form of transportation. Also, the ability to get to the polls to vote was a symbol of wealth--in the past you needed a horse.

Recently he read History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani and A History of the Modern Middle East, by Peter Mansfield.

What he likes about Boston—the ocean is nearby, there's an interesting mix of cultures and immigrants and institutes of higher learning.

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