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‘What they’re reading’ — McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers

“What they’re reading” appears as an occasional series in MinnPost’s Book Club Club section. We’re asking well-known and not-so-well-known Minnesotans to tell us about the books they’re reading and recommending to others — and why. In today’s installment, we hear from Harry Chalmiers, President of McNally Smith College of Music.

I bought a Kindle when they first came out, and was delighted to find that literature no longer under copyright is available for free. I began to re-read lots of classic literature.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Tender is the Night” overwhelmed me with the beauty of its prose. I  recommend reading it, if you haven’t already. I was impressed with depth of its ideas, emotions, and insights.

I admit to being influenced by the special feeling I got from reading “Tender is the Night” next door to the University Club in St. Paul, where Fitzgerald used to hang out and drink too much. 

His vibe is still in the air somewhere, and I think I can feel it. Awesome!



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