Archive for the ‘What I’m’ Category

What I’m…

8 September 07

Reading:

  • Michel Foucault’s The Birth of the Clinic
    • For one of my medical library classes. This is some tough reading. Has anyone out there read Foucault? He was a French philosopher writing in the 1970s to early 80s. I am going to be reading this one a few times.
  • Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague
    • Possibly one of my favorite books. At 750 pages, it is quite a read. I’m reading this one for the third time for another medical library class. We are looking at how health care information needs evolve over time – especially due to emerging infections and epidemics. I’ll be writing my term paper on how information needs and health care were affected by the SARS epidemic – something that I observed first hand while working in Toronto.
  • I haven’t had a lot of time for pleasure reading, but I recently purchased some audiobooks I hope to listen to on breaks from school reading:
    • The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (author of Interpreter of Maladies – excellent read)
    • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien – Vietnam War stories
    • The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson – Cholera in Victorian England

Watching:

  • The Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels
    • An incredibly moving look at the lives of children born to prostitutes in the red light district of Calcutta. An American photographer who was there to photograph the women became interested in the children and started a weekly photography class. The children are wise beyond their years and take incredible photos. See the website, Kids with Cameras for more.
Advertisements

What I’m…

26 July 07

Reading:

  • Richard Preston’s The Demon in the FreezerAmazon Link
    • Smallpox and anthrax, as interpreted by the author who brought us the Ebola blood-fest that was The Hot Zone. If you are a fan of infectious disease reading (and who isn’t?) this is a great choice. Preston knows how to turn CDC and USAMRID research scientists into Indiana Jones. I’ve been interested in infectious disease literature (as I like to call it) since I borrowed my sister’s copy of The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett ten years ago.
  • Loads and loads of literature on the Digital Divide.
    • I’m writing a paper on the topic for one of my Master’s classes. What is the Digital Divide? I’ll put it this way – more Americans than ever have high-speed access to the Internet. People pay bills online, contact government officials, email friends and family, read the newspaper. Now, think about the people who can’t afford a computer or the Internet connection fees. This group is being marginalized. The Digital Divide is the chasm between those who have access – and a supportive social network relating to the use of these technologies – and those who do not. Internationally, the Digital Divide is more complicated, but just as important.

Watching:

  • Memphis Belle and Flyboys with my aviation English students. These are great movies with exciting aerial maneuvers, dogfight scenes, themes of love, friendship, bravery, honor, loyalty and brotherhood.
  • Battlestar Galactica with the DH.

Listening to:

  • The sound of rain, every night for what seems like weeks.
    • Aren’t we too far north to be experiencing monsoons? Much of China has been experiencing heavy rains and flooding lately.
    • I love the word “monsoon.” It comes from Portuguese – monção and from Arabic – mawsim, which means “season.” It brings to mind words and images like tropical, steam, hot, rain…flooding, devastation, disease, death. It is a cycle and for the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, a way of life.

What I’m Reading/Watching/Listening To…

25 May 07

With a nod to the Foreign Policy Blog Passport’s What We’re Reading, here is what I am reading/watching & listening to now: (Check out Passport’s reading lists for some GREAT reading!)

Reading:

  • “The Ambler Warning” by Robert Ludlum – Because I love spy novels! Technically, I’m listening to this one as I have it as an audiobook.
  • “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser – Part of my continuing quest to understand the American diet and where our food comes from.
  • Here There and Everywhere – an expat blog written by an American in Kuwait. It offers lots of interesting insights into life in Kuwait as well as very good looking recipes!

Watching:

  • Season 3 of Lost, episodes 1 to 3 – I love this show, but I hadn’t seen any of the latest season. The mystery and wonder is still there.
  • Spiderman 3
  • A whole slew of documentaries from PBS’ Frontline

Listening to:

  • A lot of Tracy Chapman
  • NPR’s Fresh Air podcast as often as I can get it to download

My intention is to have this become a reoccurring weekly post – a review of things I’m reading, watching & listening to, and what I think of them.