Well endowed with fiction
With the completion of the exam, I find that my way of thinking about things quite unrelated to it has changed rather a lot. A kind of generalized urgency that had been prevalent before has softened a bit, leaving me more willing to take things as they come. I used my book token from one of the brain scan experiments to buy two books this afternoon: Jack Kerouac's On the Road and Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. I hope to get a good start on both over the weekend, as well as finishing my re-reading of Dune and The Skeptical Environmentalist. Reading fiction is one of the best things about times not yet endangered by papers and exams; of course, I've not been known to cease completely even during such times.
Our respite from schoolwork is not destined to be long-lived. Lectures resume on Monday and on Tuesday, we have our first core seminar discussion for the history from 1950 to present segment. I am told it's on nuclear deterrence: an especially appropriate topic given the ongoing kerfuffle about Iran.
PS. Those who have not yet seen it should check out my brother Mica's White Rabbit video. You can leave comments about it on his blog.