Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?”

“I downloaded the e-book on my phone so I can read whenever I have free time.”

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

RMC extends a lot further than its gorgeous campus in Kingston, and this week I had the good fortune to catch up with one of the college’s students at a distance: Capt Nevin McFarlane (24465), an Intelligence Officer at 2 OSS, Bagotville and part-time student working towards his MA in War Studies.

Capt McFarlane shifts frequently between his professional and academic lives, and his reading time enhances both: right now he’s enjoying Tim Cook’s At the Sharp End. “I have always wanted to read Cook’s two-part series on World War I and finally decided to stop putting it off.” As a War Studies student, Capt McFarlane is steeped in stories, facts, and figures about the major and minor conflicts around the globe but, he says, “I still enjoy reading about Canadian history.” At the Sharp End provides context for both schoolwork and family: “It ties in with my archival work for one of my courses (WS529: Working with Archives). I’m reading about mobilization in the book and working on annotating my Great Grandfather’s war records at the same time.”

How does Capt McFarlane manage to keep reading when he’s on the move so much with work and school? “I actually downloaded the e-book on my phone so I can read whenever I have free time.”

One Comment

  • Mitchell MacLeod 13139

    March 26, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    One of the things I look forward to as retirement approaches is having more time to read. Interesting to see what others are reading.