Hi there.

Picture 3I’m Alex, born and raised ginger (Can you be raised a ginger? Something to ponder…) and proud founder of this blog–which started as a way for me to chronicle my semester abroad in Paris during Spring 2012. Now it’s sort of evolving into an ambiguous mess of words and ideas. I’ve been trying to keep it updated with recent things I’ve written for campus publications at my college. Stay tuned!



2 thoughts on “About

  1. Alex,

    To the best of my knowledge we haven’t met. I’m a friend of Bill and Margery and a newer acquaintance of your parents.

    Margery sent me a link to your blog, which I have read on occasion. As you know, you are a very good writer. I just finished reading your piece on the Hamilton Honor Code. Many, many years ago I almost went to Hamilton but detoured to the University of Rochester (another family connection) when offered money. I do not remember a code of honor at the U of R. I do remember a lot of people who hadn’t gotten into Harvard or Yale and felt that there less honorable actions were justified by the injustice of the slight they had suffered.

    I am currently in the process of rereading Sissela Bok’s books, “Lying” and “Secrets,” which I assume you have read but, if not, I think you would find them interesting.

    David Parish

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your kind words. I have not read any of Sissela Bok’s books, but I’ll have to go look them up. My research led me to conclude that Honor Codes are easier to enforce at smaller institutions where students are more invested in the community. However, students will always (over time and space) try and rationalize taking unethical shortcuts, so I’m not surprised to hear that your peers would cheat and claim that it was justified by the presence of a previous injustice.

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