If you’re taking one of Professor Cornel West *80′s two seminars this coming semester make sure you do your reading! Because he will be “real fresh”! That, apparently, includes clean clothes–an aspiration that is a constant struggle for Princeton students.
West was recently featured in The New York Times‘ “Sunday Routine” series. On the subject of class preparation, he said:
I try to shoot to be home by 8 or 9 at night. I like to get home and wash my clothes. I have to read all night; I have to be real fresh for class. I like to read two or three hours every night. Right now I’m reading Robert Brandom, one of the great pragmatic American philosophers. I read until 2, 2:30 a.m. I don’t really need that much sleep.
Curiously, West also said he has never spent a weekend on campus:
I’ve never spent a weekend in Princeton. I would like to be at home, but my calling beckons me.
Instead, he usually visits four cities each weekend! And he does all this on DECAF coffee, which is the craziest thing we’ve ever heard.
(image source: princeton.edu)