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The Karavansara summer reading list for students (and everybody else)

I don’t know how it is there where you are sitting, but hereabouts schools are about to close for summers, and teachers are busy assigning homework and projects and stuff.
One of the things that hit the kids every year is the dread read at least five books from this list list.
I always hated that when I was in high-school – I usually approached summer with a stack of a dozen big books I wanted to read, and here I was forced to slip more dull novels in the mix. And now I’m told that with the lowering standards of our school they are reducing the required reads to three, but you get the idea.


And I thought, why not put together my own suggested reading list?
For kids out there, high-school level, to broaden their horizons, and provide some much-needed food for thought.
I’ll also do a list in Italian for my blog, as a form of service – but putting together a list of English-language titles is easier, and I’m told list posts are quite popular.
But with a twist: I’ll focus on a list of books in theme with the usual topics of this blog. Books that talk about science, nature, philosophy, literature, history and imagination.
With an eye for adventure, exploration, and a modicum of swashbuckling – because this is, after all, Karavansara!
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A momentary illusion

As some of my readers may know, I’m looking for a new job – my collaboration with the University of Urbino having expired in February, money is running out.

Today I chanced upon a list of open positions at NASA – somebody posted the link on Facebook as a joke, and I checked it out anyway.
I mean, I’m in working hell, I look at every possible position.
And being a scientist, NASA sounds like a reasonable prospect employer.


And there, on top of the list, there’s my job.
An Earth Sciences specialist, with a sideline in Mathematics and Statistics, experience in Remote Sensing.
That’s me.
There’s even a $82,642.00 to $126,949.00 / Per Year pay bracket.
And the position is still open!
Where’s my CV, now…
Ooops… There’s one drawback – “This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.”

Oh, heck – back to square one.
Back in my happy country in which a PhD in Earth Sciences can always hope for a part-time job as a test crammer for high-schoolers – but not during summer.

And you know what’s the worst part in all this?
The jokes.
The people with a job laughing at the idea of submitting a CV to NASA, or to any other big time operation, anything that’ s not “mundane”.
The ones that do not have to worry about this months bills, thinking your efforts, and hopes, and slowly increasing desperation are quite a lot of fun.