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They also asked me a series of questions yesterday and I thought I’d share with you their questions (slightly modified for formatting) and my answers in full below:
- ISD: I was hoping you might be interested in providing a personal statement about compiling the book.
Tom: ‘Is This Not the Carpenter?’ was a project that started five years ago and was my first step into academia. It was definitely a labor of love for Thomas and I, and I am pleased to say that we both survived the project.
- ISD: What were some of your experiences?
Tom: Besides owing a huge debt to my colleague and co-editor Thomas L. Thompson, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of contributors, all of whom are just superb human beings; they were all very patient with me despite my lack of experience. I will say that my first time indexing reminded me of Hell Week when I attended Valley Forge Military Academy–except it lasted for a lot longer than one week and I got less sleep.
- ISD: What you’ve learned from this project?
Tom: As an undergrad working with some really amazing scholars–Thomas Thompson of course, Roland Boer, Emanuel Pfoh, Niels Peter Lemche, Mogens Muller, James Crossley, everyone who contributed to the volume really–who are all very well established, I took away a lot from this project. Besides developing a greater appreciation for the scholarship of all those involved, the most important lesson I’ve taken away from this project is the need for patience.
- ISD: Why are your passionate about the subject?
Tom: I can’t think of a time in my life where I’ve never had an interest in history; my love of the ancient past is perhaps just deeper than my love of, say, American history. I think it has a lot to do with the questions that are being asked–every person living today comes from an ancient family line; we are all descendents of some great empire or another that thrived thousands of years ago. Digging into that ancient history, in a lot of ways, brings me closer to those ancestors. . In other words, I don’t view history as a random series of dates or names. It is so much more personal than that. History, for me anyway, is the study of the human experience. And I feel that needs to be protected for my children, and their children, and so on. Of course, I’m an idealist and probably far too optimistic for my own good.