Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ask Fem!

Sometimes I like to field questions posed by my readers. This one comes to us by Emily Mickle, of San Diego, CA.

Emily Mickle writes:

"Dear Fem, I've recently been so wrapped up in the world of dienes and dienophiles that I've forgotten how to read. English literature has been replaced in my head with alkene epoxidation. I wonder if you could share some of the books you've been reading lately, so that after finals this week, I may begin to pick up the broken pieces and resume living life without Markovnikov Regioselectivity."

Wow, it seems like this reader is a little bitter towards Organic Chemistry!

Well, here you go, Emily: a list of the books I've read during the past 6 weeks.

'Tis by Frank McCourt
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Land of Little Rain by Mary Austen
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

I'm currently reading Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, and Sailing Alone Around the World, by Josh Slocum, and I am eager to start Coming Into the Country, by John McPhee!!

You can pose questions for the next Ask Fem entry in the comments section!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wait, why would anyone even want to resume living life without Markovnikov's rules for regioselectivity?

Just wondering in Org Chem town