How often are you in Lamont?
Virtually every day.
How many hours per day?
Quite a few. I’m a library person. I believe libraries are really good things. This isn’t the first library in which I’ve logged a lot of hours. It’s very important to have a place where one can go to separate work from the rest of life. I think it’s important to have places where great resources are available and that they’re collectively held.
Best time to study?
When did you start using libraries extensively?
In college. Some people can work in their rooms. The library seemed to be an important method—it’s my method of being disciplined.
What do you study?
I’m looking for the relationship between law and aesthetics in the 16th century Ottoman Empire.
Libraries you’ve used before Lamont?
Princeton, Undergraduate library at Swarthmore, New York Public Library, Yale Club Library in New York City.
The librarians are superb, and incredibly helpful. They’ve put together a really good collection of resources. There are a lot of new volumes of critical essays and introductions to new theorists. If someone has to take a quick plunge into a research project they are able to do it here.
Most used resource at Lamont?