Name, Position, School, Year, Hometown
Alison Peebles, Staff Editor, Columbia College '19, Allendale, New Jersey
Why did you join Quarto? What do you hope it accomplishes this year?
I joined Quarto because I strongly believe in student publications and I think that it’s incredibly important for students to have public forums to share their work. Literary magazines are particularly special because they a space for people to share their art, which is amazing. Because, of this I decided to join Quarto. I hope that Quarto will continue to publish a collection of works that the Columbia community can enjoy and also run events that bring the Columbia community together.
What is the last book you read that wasn't for a class?
The last book I read that wasn’t for class was The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion.
If you could recommend one book to anyone, which would it be and why?
This is an incredibly difficult question because there are so many good ones, so my answer changes constantly. But for now, I am going to recommend White Teeth by Zadie Smith. The book is amazing for so many reasons, particularly because of her characters in the vivid and complicated world she creates. The novel is even more impressive because it’s her debut novel that she wrote at age 22.
If you could live in any book or literary world, which would it be and why?
If I could live in any book or literary world, I would pick The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. To see the world at the very beginning, and especially through Twain’s mind would be amazing.