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What am I reading?
Tanlee Wasson is the Director of Institutional
Research and Assessment and an adjunct faculty
member in psychology.
The Jack Reacher novels by Lee
Child are exciting, action-packed,
and mildly gory. Child’s writing
style is unique in that most of the
novels are written frommultiple
perspectives that switch from
first-person to third-person.
Once I begin reading one of these
novels, I cannot put it down. There
are 16 novels in the series, which
began with
The Killing Floor
but a couple of the
later books are prequels to the initial novel. The
novels do not tell a continuous story, so you do not
feel the need to pick one up right after another,
but when I am bored with my other reading
interests, I go back to this series to pick up the next
in line—I’m now on the 9th novel in the series.
Before I had my first child
in February, I read myriad
books about pregnancy, child
development, and parenting
in the last 8 months. I
Healthy Sleep Habits,
Happy Child
one of the most
encouraging in terms of
providing hope that I will
survive the first year of being
a parent and also one of the
most helpful in thinking about the new patterns
that will emerge in my life during that year.
Although at times Dr. Weissbluth comes across as
patronizing, his overall message is that given the
right preparation and flexibility all parents can
develop skills to produce healthy sleep habits from
infancy through adolescence.
My Sister’s Keeper
is the first
book I have read by Jodi Picoult
primarily because I tend to
avoid overly sappy books about
families. However, I am a
member of our neighborhood
book club and this was a book
chosen by one of the members,
so I read it and found that I
did not hate it or love it. The
storyline is about a young girl
who was conceived for the purpose of providing
medical assistance to her older sister. At the age of
she sues her parents for medical emancipation
so that she no longer has to serve this role.
Although it is sappy and focuses primarily on the
dysfunction of the family, it also serves to call into
question one’s views on controversial topics such
as genetic engineering, stem cell research, and
the medical rights of children.
Immanuel Kant is a popular name
in philosophy circles, but his
theories aren’t famous for their
In fact, Kant can be hard to
understand for first-time readers.
That’s why IU Southest philosophy
professor Bryan Hall delved into
the literary world to help. The
Arguments of Kant’s Critique of
Pure Reason
written by Hall,
can aid budding philosophers
who are reading Kant for the
first time.
The terms and writing
styles of Kant are very
distinctive,” Hall said. “Even
the translation fromGerman to English
can get confusing because of the broadness of the
German language. I wanted to write a book that students
could understand.
The uniqueness of his book is that it was tailored by IU
Southeast students who received co-author credit, he
added. With their help, the book breaks down a single
argument of Kant’s into many different aspects and takes
the most important points from the argument, such as
quotes, to give an informal synopsis. It also includes
background information, other responses and questions,
and the reconstruction of the original quote, Hall
The following is an excerpt from
The Arguments of Kant’s
Critique of Pure Reason
published by Lexington Books.
About the Author
Bryan Hall is an associate professor of
philosophy at IU Southeast. He has a
B.A. in philosophy and English from
the University of Denver, and a Ph.D.
in philosophy from the University of
Colorado. He was a senior Fulbright
scholar at the University of
Bucharest in Romania for the
academic year 2010-11. He
specializes in the History
of Modern Philosophy,
especially Kant.