Should you stop reading novels or reading “for fun” because you are doing a PhD and you already have too much to read on your pile? NO. At least not me. Quite the opposite. I enjoy (almost) every reading related to my studies but I would lie if I didn’t say that sometimes I get fed up. This doesn’t mean, however, that I get fed up with reading in general. Even if juggling two young kids, work and and PhD means that I crawl to bed in near-exhaustion every night, I still need to read a few pages of a good non-fiction book or a few columns of a good magazine piece before I crash. This keeps me sane, it keeps me happy, and it keeps my joy of reading intact.

Reading right now: a fantastic novel by uOttawa’s very own director at the Department of Communications, Isaac Nahon-Serfaty, and Meir Magar, La Conjura del Esplendor; and this great profile on Anthony Bourdain in The New Yorker.