One of the best things about this gig is all of the unexpected, unrelated, and serendipitous stuff you learn on the job.
Like what? As long as you asked, these are just a few of the subjects I've been absorbing as we ready the winter 2010 issue:
The real reasons for the unrest in Afghanistan and Pakistan (ask the Pashtuns), windmill construction (mind-boggling), what it takes to get from a refugee camp to Colby (smarts, hard work and courage), language in the age of G-Chat (evolving), Alcatraz (home to celeb criminals), Al Capone's mental state in his dotage (bonkers), Joan of Arc (one tough kid), the poetry of Adrian Blevins (tender, raw, and real), theater set design (not for the timid), technology in our lives (no panacea), Japanese-American relations around World War II (and an accused double agent), 19th century pop history (instant bestsellers), life on the streets today (sad and rough), America's gated communities (do they keep people out or in?), and ethnography (sort of like journalism but with more contemplation).
And that's just one issue. Next issue it's Colbians' lives in the military, an embedded reporter for the Washington Post, up close and personal with Bill Russell, and a new novel by alumnus Geoffrey Becker. I already peeked; it's good.
So that's today's report from Colby mag, where the stream of interesting people never stops, all the news never fits, and everyone we meet is way above average.