December 5, 2007 -- Wednesday night

Reading Race, Gender, and Class in Criminology, The Intersection, edited by Martin D. Schwartz and Dragan Milovanovic.

She'd gone to the library for something else--she studies Communication, with an emphasis on Political Rhetoric-- and got sidetracked with this.

Favorite books--White Teeth, by Zadie Smith. It's about self-identity and she can relate to the protagonist who is, like her, mixed race. The beginning, she said, is great. It catches you off guard. She also likes Sedaris and has recently begun appreciating Hemingway.

If she were to write her own book, at this very moment, it'd be about her partner, Nathaniel, who, though they've been together for only a handful of weeks, has been overwhelmingly on her mind. He introduced her to the French author Boris Vian and his book, Foam of the Daze.

She picked up for him The Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole and the author's earlier work, The Neon Bible, which he wrote at sixteen.

Good luck with your semester!