Tyler Leach’s Best Reads of 2016

December 19, 2016

Tyler Leach photoMy name is Tyler Leach. I am the Middle School Latin teacher at Baker Demonstration School, which draws many of its students from the Evanston community. While my book choices trace back to my love of language, my hobbies revolve around a love of family, music (listening and playing), food (cooking and dining out), and sport. I am a transplant to the Middle West from the Northeast, and my wife Emily (born and raised in Evanston) and I currently live in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood with our two sons Henry and Palmer.

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1) Aeneid by Virgil, translated by Stanley Lombardo (19 B.C., 2005)

For those who have never read the Aeneid, Lombardo’s translation makes the text accessible to a modern audience, and the theme of the poem is easily relatable to the story unfolding in modern day Syria. Having attempted to translate Virgil’s work myself, I cannot help but marvel at Lombardo’s keen ability to bring the text to life while all the while remaining true to its classical roots. For anyone who has the time and interest, Lombardo’s translations of the Iliad and Odyssey are real gems, too.

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2013 Most Annoying Word

December 20, 2013

n-COVERING-EARS-ANGRY-large5701,173 adults surveyed early this month by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion rated “whatever” the most annoying word of 2013 – and in fact the most annoying word for the past five years. Mary Griffith, media director for Marist said: “The word can be very dismissive and rude. It’s a put-down to some extent and it can signal to the other person that what they are saying is not important.” The other annoying words on this year’s list include: “like” (which ranked second), “you know”, “just sayin’, and “obviously”. You can read the entire article here– -or not–“whatever”!

Laura