Name, Position, School, Year, Hometown
Olivia Alex, Managing Editor, Columbia College, Senior, Leonia, NJ
Why did you join Quarto? What do you hope it accomplishes this year?
This is my second year with Quarto, and I had such a great time last year working on the magazine that I felt compelled to continue on. And I think what we’ve already accomplished just this semester with our first Chapbook contest sort of proves that it will accomplish everything else Emily and Antoine have brainstormed for us this year. Quarto is lucky to have two very creative, driven people at its helm.
What is the last book you read that wasn't for a class?
Good God. Uh…I think it was His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis over the summer. But that’s a biography. Fiction-wise, I’m currently reading Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
If you could recommend one book to anyone, which would it be and why?
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It’s a wonderful contemporary throwback to the old Gothic novels, with everything from creepy twins to mysterious manors.
If you could live in any book or literary world, which would it be and why?
My unoriginality is showing, but take me to Middle Earth, baby. You won’t find a literary world more painstakingly detailed and thought over than Tolkien’s creation. Plus, you’re lying if you read the books/watched the movies and didn’t wanna be an elf (or Orlando Bloom) for at least a day.