Reading Interview Episode 4: Anthony Bosman

Reading Interview Episode 4: Anthony Bosman

Welcome to the Reading Interview Series, where I chat with bookworms, avid readers and learners, to unpack their reading habits and philosophy. Anthony Bosman is my guest in this episode, a mathematician, professor, and a self-proclaimed, unashamed geek!

 

Physicist Alan Lightman wrote a meditation on science and spirituality.

 

“For me, there is room for both a spiritual universe and a physical universe, just as there is room for both religion and science. Each universe has its own power. Each has its own beauty, and mystery. A Presbyterian minister recently said to me that science and religion share a sense of wonder. I agree.”

 

This quote kept popping into my mind during this conversation with Anthony Bosman, a mathematician and assistant professor at Andrews University. He’s very passionate about his field, as you’ll hear in this interview. So naturally we talked about math quite a bit. If math gives you an uneasy feeling, hang in there for a few minutes and we’ll eventually get to his reading life and how that influences his teaching and life philosophy. Please enjoy this conversation with Anthony Bosman.

 

Connect with Anthony:

 

 
 

Mentioned Books, Authors, Podcasts, and Links
[easyazon_link identifier=”1530896886″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”073820675X” locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Flatterland by Ian Stewart[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0385493622″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Fermat’s Enigma[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1439153159″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Gregory Boyle[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0307455777″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0399562850″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Political Tribes by Amy Chua[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1501111108″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0345472322″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00B77UE06″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]College Unbound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students by Jeffrey Selingo[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1137279699″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education by Ryan Craig[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0262037289″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph Aoun[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1583335080″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0062339346″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion by Paul Bloom[/easyazon_link]

 

Attributions

 

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Reading Interview Episode 3: Kendra Stanton Lee

Reading Interview Episode 3: Kendra Stanton Lee

Kendra Stanton Lee is my guest for this 3rd episode of the Reading Interview Series, where I chat with bookworms, avid readers and learners, to unpack their reading habits and philosophy. She’s a freelance writer based in Boston, but really, there’s not one thing that can describe her. She’s a teacher, writer, calligrapher, and entrepreneur. You’ll love this conversation with her. We talked about her reading life, some contemporary and important books, her writing life, and her experience with the publishing world. My personal favorite part is towards the end of the episode where we talk about intercultural relationships. Stick around to the end for that.

Connect with Kendra:

Kendra’s blog: www.kendraspondence.com
Twitter: @Kendraspondence

 

 

Mentioned Books, Authors, Podcasts, and Links
[easyazon_link identifier=”148141013X” locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Blubber by Judy Blume[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1594485593″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Janny Scott[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0743273567″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0141439513″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0449213447″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Chosen by Chaim Potok[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1400095417″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Promise by Chaim Potok[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0061130249″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright[/easyazon_link]
American girl books
[easyazon_link identifier=”0812986679″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0312427298″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Red Tent by Anita Diamant[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0307455920″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0062498533″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0393328627″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The History of Love by Nicole Krauss[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0812993543″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1400078431″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0062362593″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”074324754X” locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls[/easyazon_link][easyazon_link identifier=”1608464660″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0385480016″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”081298496X” locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson[/easyazon_link]
Minute Markers:
Kendra’s life story in books [1:27]
Her approach to guide her kids to love reading [11:36]
How she discovers new books, favorite genres [15:20]
What makes her break up with a book [18:18]
Why an author’s voice is important [21:24]
Contemporary books that are important for women to read [22:36]
Why Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and her novel Americanah, rocks [22:59]
Why Between the World and Me is required reading [28:23]
The book that made a man moved away from sitting next to Kendra on the subway [33:14]
Kendra’s approach to writing; why writing is important to her [36:50]
Using daily occurrences as inspiration for writing; finding humor in life [40:50]
How she found/developed her voice in writing [45:20]
Experience with the publishing world through her book project a few years ago [47:40]
Intercultural relationships [49:09]
Why conversations on intercultural relationships/families are important [53:55]
Intercultural relationships from a faith perspective [56:24]
What raises up cultural conversations in her family [58:55]
Why messy conversations are sometimes necessary [1:00:08]

 

Attributions

Picture: Kendra Stanton Lee

 

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Reading Interview Episode 2: Amy Ratsara

Reading Interview Episode 2: Amy Ratsara

This is the second episode of the Reading Interview Series, where I chat with bookworms, avid readers and learners, to unpack their reading habits and philosophy.

 

 

In this episode I chat with Amy Ratsara. She is an attorney in the state of Michigan, who is a good friend. We love to talk about books and podcasts we like. One of the main reasons I want to interview her is her background in history and law, and we talk a lot about reading history in this conversation. For those of you who are thinking about or currently attending law school, she has some great tips on reading case laws and preparing for class. Hope you’ll enjoy this episode. As usual, all the books and links mentioned in the interview can be found below.

 

Connect with Amy on Twitter and Instagram: @amyratsara

 

 

Mentioned Books, Authors, Podcasts, and Links
[easyazon_link identifier=”0394800168″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Green Eggs and Ham[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0920668372″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Love You Forever[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0064403688″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Jacob Have I Loved[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1420953362″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Merchant of Venice[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0141439564″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Great Expectations[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0142401129″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0060935464″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1503219704″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0743222253″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Living History by Hillary Clinton[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0786868430″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0060652926″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0374529752″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0800732065″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1973826879″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne[/easyazon_link]
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[easyazon_link identifier=”0399588175″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Born a Crime by Trevor Noah[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0440422965″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Skipping Christmas by John Grisham[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0735221650″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”081298496X” locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1595552464″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1607747308″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1101946156″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”0816319227″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Desire of Ages by Ellen White[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1503943399″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1594631875″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”1250079322″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football by John Bacon[/easyazon_link]
American girl books
[easyazon_link identifier=”0143034758″ locale=”US” tag=”josephineelia-20″]Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow[/easyazon_link]
Minute Markers:
Childhood reading [1:08]
How her reading changed as she grew older [4:16]
Discovering her love of history [12:00]
Why history is important and inexhaustible [15:41]
How she picks books and resources now [21:00]
Good audiobooks she listened to recently [23:27]
Continual learning in law [26:26]
Reading tips for law students, how to annotate passages [30:15]
Applying the reading tips for general reading [36:31]
How to learn the historiography of a topic [37:25]
Debates on how history is popularized [40:20]
Bias in biographies [43:43]
Methods to select books to buy/borrow/purge [46:48]
What she’s reading right now [51:37]
Resources for people who want to start learning about American History [53:55]
How 2017 impacted her reading habits [57:15]
How to keep learning [1:00:39]

 

Attributions

 

*Amazon Product links on this blog are Amazon Affiliate links, which means that each time you purchase something through those links, I get a small commission without you paying any extra. Of course you don’t have to use them, but if you want to chip-in towards content creation for this blog, I’d really appreciate it!