President's Corner

What I'm Up To Paul LeBlanc

I'm reading:

I just started Children of Ash and Elm, a very readable and fascinating history of the Vikings,by Neil Price. Ninety percent of what I thought I knew about the Vikings is wrong, thus far. Best of all, on almost every page I have a “Really?!” moment (causing me to yet again interrupt Pat’s reading to share my wonder). These have included a Norse god that travelled in a wagon pulled by cats – an image I find endlessly amusing; a three-year period in the 500s when the earth was enveloped in volcanic ash, summers did not happen, food sources disappeared, and half the population was wiped out (why did I miss this?); and the fact that Vikings were not the hairy barbarians often depicted, but rather fastidious and fancy dressers who loved ornamentation and jewelry. As bloodthirsty and violent as we all thinkthey were, but much better dressed when hacking away at enemies and pillaging villages. How great is this stuff?

I'm watching:

We finally finished The Americans, a series I completely missed when it first came out. I loved it and it brought back memories of two epic trips across the then Soviet Union I took back in 1981 and 1983 (including five days on the Trans-Siberian Railroad), the time in which the series is set. I reached out to the show’s creator, Joe Weisberg, and we chatted last week. He agreed to visit next fall and to do a discussion of the series and his forthcoming book on the Soviet Union and Russia.

I'm listening to:

Adrian Haugabrook is guiding me through an introduction to jazz, a genre that I just never embraced. From Miles to Coltrane to Brubeck, I am really enjoying it for the first time. I tweeted something about my newfound interest and jazz fans came out of the woodwork. It’s fun to be a newbie in an area with such devoted followers, all eager to share their recommendations. By the way, only doing this on vinyl — it just seems right.


I'm tweeting at @snhuprez:

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