What We’re Reading :: Staff Profile

Every once in a while, we will profile what’s currently inspiring a particular staffer or intern at Lookout. Today’s victim is intern Toni Blackwell. This girl does it all: design, grant-writing, promotion, and more. Here’s what she has to say about what’s on her nightstand.

“Right now I’m reading One Morning in Sarajevo by David James Smith. It is a history of the events of June 28, 1914, surrounding the actions of Gavrilo Princip and the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which kicked off WWI.

The design of the book suits the topic: the cover is grainy and uses actual photographs of the involved parties and the assassination. There are another two sections of photographs, four glossy sheets with pictures of the assassins, their relatives, the guns used, and the memorial to the assassins (who are regarded by some as heroes).

The writing style is functional — no frills — but it gets the job done. It may not be the most artistic or creative, but this topic is so rarely addressed that Smith still comes off original.”