Not wanting to spend a winter break without filling one another in on their latest reads, friends and fellow bibliophiles Alyson Runke and Zoe de Lellis decided to become virtual pen pals by blogging letters to one another about the next installment in their long list of lovingly devoured books. And so, FromAtoZBooks was born.
The two sophomore friends sit out in Ferrogaero Quad, giddily overlapping one another’s sentences as they talk about their mutual devotion to reading and blogging. Every time one mentions a book the other confirms the choice, calling out, “Such a great book!”
“We went to the bookstore together and realized it was a problem,” said De Lellis about their friendship’s beginning. “We realized we couldn’t spend four hours in Barnes and Noble,” added Runke. After a year of trading books back and forth, the Integral majors created FromAtoZBooks, reading works they heard about or suggested to one another, and writing letters back and forth reviewing what they read.
tutor, scholar, mentor, friend
March 6, 1928 – January 27, 2014
Brenda Hillman writes:
This poem was inspired by a visit from Alan Pollock one warm spring day; he told me excitedly that he had just taken a class to see the Meridian Plinth and they had talked about the movement of the sun. I was so engaged by Alan's excitement over the Plinth that I went to visit it soon thereafter, and crafted this poem in relation to some of the ideas from Gnostic Christian texts I had been reading. I dedicated it to Alan, and he always seemed delighted to think he had inspired it.
Congratulations to Rex Rafanelli for being chosen as this year's essay winner. Here are the remarks of our judge, Prof. Dennis Duke of Florida State University:
Rafanelli to me is the most comprehensive, covering all the important issues, and with a uniform high quality of analysis and commentary. I got the feeling that he read the texts and assimilated the ideas quite thoroughly. Overall, his entire presentation has a nice continuity and a smooth, logical flow from beginning to end.
I like particularly the discussion of Alm I 7, which shows that Ptolemy was perfectly aware of the theoretical option of a rotating Earth, and that there is nothing in celestial phenomena against such an idea, but rather its rejection is based on terrestial phenomena. Rafanelli also presents a nice commentary on the way that Copernicus addressed this crucial issue.