One of my former students sent Toren a very thoughtful gift – Capital: Volume I (1st US edition to boot).  Capital (or Das Kapital) is perhaps Karl Marx’s most famous work.  Thus, the gift is Toren’s first book by his namesake. Ever since the book arrived I’ve wanted to do a photoshoot with Toren and his book.  So, here we go:

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The smile suggests he likes it...
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But it clearly is tiring for him (as I'm sure plenty of current and former graduate students out there can relate).

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I'm pretty sure he's struggling with the concept of "species being" here, which can confuse even the best of us...

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In the end, it was just too much for him at 4 weeks...

(Props to Steve K. for a very thoughtful gift!  I figure it will be a very effective tool at putting him to sleep in the not too distant future, until he understands it…)

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