Yes, academics do occasionally spend time on light reading.
Yesterday, instead of working on Asinius Quadratus, I read Lady Pamela Hicks' recently-published memoir Daughter of empire: My life as a Mountbatten. My mother gave it to me Saturday night, telling me it was a quick read, and she was right. I read the book in its entirety yesterday afternoon.
I enjoyed the name-dropping, exotic locales and royal gossip, though what struck me the most was how truly awful it is for children to grow up without the daily presence of their parents.
Hicks writes repeatedly of the loneliness she experienced as a child while her father served in the navy and her mother globe-trotted. Hicks certainly didn't want for material things, but a sense of security and self-worth were lacking in her early years, and I cannot but suspect that the absence of her parents played no small role.
Anyway, having spent an afternoon in frivolity, I need to redouble my efforts on getting some scholarly work done.
• Name-dropping, exotic locales and royal gossip (9 December 2013)
• DIAS Celtic Studies Summer School (6 December 2013)
• Food on Friday: Forever Amber (6 December 2013)
• Magna Carta project internship at British Library (5 December 2013)
• IRHT workshop on digital tools in manuscript studies (2 December 2013)