Daily Archives: March 5, 2008

Read a Book, Harass a Co-worker…

Who knew reading could get you in so much trouble? I feel so bad for the guy sitting quiety in the breakroom, reading on his own time….

Read a Book, Harass a Co-Worker at IUPUI

by Azhar Majeed

March 5, 2008

In a stunning series of events at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Keith Sampson, a university employee and student, has been charged with racial harassment for reading a book during his work breaks.

Sampson is in his early fifties, does janitorial work for the campus facility services at IUPUI, and is ten credits shy of a degree in communication studies. He is also an avid reader who usually brings books with him to work so that he can read in the break room when he is not on the clock. Last year, he began reading a book entitled Notre Dame vs. the Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defeated the Ku Klux Klan. The book, which has garnered great reviews in such places as The Indiana Magazine of History and Notre Dame Magazine, discusses the events surrounding two days in May 1924, when a group of Notre Dame students got into a street fight in South Bend with members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an historical account of the students’ response in the face of anti-Catholic prejudice, the book would seem to be a relevant and worthwhile read, both for residents of the state of Indiana and for anyone interested in this chapter of American history.

But others at IUPUI clearly did not see it that way. Continue reading

The Double

I feel I’ve read far enough into this book to start making some observations.

First off, the book has a very slow and steady pace. I’m about 100 pages into the book, and don’t know any more about the character than I did on page 1. I know that the main character suffers from depression, and upon seeing his clone in a random movie he rented, he sets out on a quest to find out who this double is, and try to meet him. That seems to be the main gist of the novel. Saramago goes off into many tangents that lead nowhere, and diverts from the plot to speak directly to the reader quite frequently. At first I found this trait amusing, but after a while it takes away from what little plot there is. The characters are somewhat dull at the moment, but I don’t see them improving as the story progresses.

Publisher’s Weekly have a horrid review of the book, and I see myself agreeing with parts of it. But since I liked Blindness so much, I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and finish this book, because the concept is interesting. Questions about identity are something every 20-something suffers through during the post-college years.