Newsletter No. 434

2 No. 434, 19.3.2014 诗 人雪莱妻子玛丽,1816年夏天于日内瓦湖畔写出 惊世杰作《科学怪人》,书中科学家制造出来的 怪胎无意拾得几本书,对他的混沌感性产生莫大冲击。 这几本书是密尔顿的《失乐园》、普鲁塔克的《希腊罗 马名人传》和歌德的《少年维特之烦恼》。 《名人传》已经绝版,《失乐园》与《少年维特》可在大 学书店当眼的Signet Classics专柜找到,西方经典化 身学生平装本,价廉物重。 2012 – 13学年,中大把大学书店的经营权交托商务印书 馆,并成立书店管理委员会协商运作情况,自此校园的 读书文化展现新的一页。今天逛大学书店,目的几乎不 是买教科书或文具,而是爱书人一次进出中外古今书海 的写意徜徉。 在这里的新书推介架上,笔者便曾见过在外国书评刊物 上刚被评介过的书,如意大利小说家Italo Calvino的书 信集,还有美国女诗人Sylvia Plath的手绘本,后者不是 以画为人捧读研究,备售她的纯画集,足见书商的订书 策略兼顾小众口味,有识见及有胆量。 书店其实由爱书、熟悉书业的人打理。商务印书馆董事 总经理 叶佩珠 是中大校友,她说中大书店的规模比商务 经营的其他大学书店更大,要求更高,除了一些专科书 如医学、建筑和人文学科的,她们也要尽量提供更多其 他学术、文化及社会性的书种。但她强调,她们并不全 以生意角度营办中大书店,而是认同中大的全人教育理 念,希望共同达到这个使命。 前阵子乔布斯的传记热卖,在这里看到W a l t e r Isaacson的 Steve Jobs 绝不为奇,但笔者还看到近年 已少为人提的Karl Popper与Bertrand Russell的书, 甚为折服,而且书不是只有一两本,而是应有的都有了。 虽然学术、思想跟服饰一样也有潮流,但像Popper与 Russell般的思想巨人,实应长据年轻人启蒙着述的流 行榜。 商务门市统筹部副经理 刘美儿 同意某些书或作者可能 比较冷门,但只要是有价值的,就算销量不会好到哪 里,她们也坚持应该可以在书店中占上一方位置。 笔者购买 Steve Jobs 当天,也一道买了历史书架上一 册 Postwar ,作者Tony Judt有条不紊地缕析欧洲自二 次大战至二十一世纪的历史,这部巨着笔者闻名已久, 当日在大学书店遇上,立刻知道是进补当代历史的时候 了。与好书结缘,真的要多谢称职的书媒。 叶佩珠和刘美儿不约而同认为,中大师生都是上佳的读 者,他们通常都不光是逛逛而已,而是认真找寻和选读 原典,在书店逗留的时间不短,提出对书籍的查询也是 非常当行和有见地的。 大学书店有专柜摆陈其他著名大学出版社的专书,学 术气氛浓而不腻。书店以影音设备重点推介海内外新 书,有收藏欲的也会找到名家签名本,加上不定期举办 的新书发布会、读者交流会、图片展、特卖场等,着着都 为了令爱书的知识分子多留一会,一所大学的书店便该 如此。 一个爱书人的自白 A Book Lover’s Discourse I t was in the summer of 1816, by Lake Geneva, that Mary Shelley, wife of the poet, wrote her masterpiece Frankenstein . In the story, the hideous progeny of Dr. Frankenstein stumbles across three books that stir his fledgling sensibility. They are Milton’s Paradise Lost , Plutarch’s Lives , and Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther . While Lives is out of print, Paradise Lost and Young Werther can be conveniently found in the Signet Classics shelves in the University Bookstore. Such paperback avatars of Western classics are made available to young readers at very affordable prices. Starting from 2012–13, the University Bookstore has been under the management of The Commercial Press. The University has also set up the Bookstore Management Sub-committee to help supervise its operation. Since then, a visit to the bookstore has come to mean different things on campus. Today it is rare that visitors to the University Bookstore would come away with only textbooks or stationery. Very often, book lovers come here for communicating with great minds past and present, East and West. At the bookstore this writer came across new arrivals that had just been reviewed by academic journals, including a collection of letters of the Italian novelist Italo Calvino and Drawings by the American poet Sylvia Plath. The latter is known more for her poetry than her drawings. Putting Drawings on the shelf shows how knowledgeable, open-minded, and bold the bookseller is. The bookstore is run by people who are both book lovers and professionals. Ms. Janice Yip , general manager of The Commercial Press, is an alumna of CUHK. She said that the CUHK store is bigger than other university bookstores they run and more demanding. They have been striving to source specialized titles in, say, medicine, architecture and the humanities, as well as stocking a wider spectrum of academic, cultural and social titles. However, she stressed that they are not entirely motivated by profit, but share the University’s idea of whole-person education and want to help realize its mission. The life of the late Steve Jobs was a hot topic a while ago, so it was not surprising to see Walter Isaacson’s bestseller Steve Jobs in prominent places in the store. But this writer was pleasantly surprised to discover the works of Karl Popper and Bertrand Russell, and not just one or two volumes but a whole range of what should be made accessible to the general reader. Academic trends and thoughts have their ebbs and flows like fashion. Popper and Russell may have, unlike a generation or two ago, fallen out of favour with intellectually curious youngsters who do not necessarily read philosophy. But great minds like Popper and Russell should always stay at the top of the bestsellers list for readers of a young and impressionable age. Ms. Eli Lau , deputy manager of the Retail Management Department, was aware that certain books and authors may not be in sufficient demand for stocking up. But as long as they are considered worthwhile, she insists that the bookstore will always have room for them. This writer bought Steve Jobs and Postwar on the same day. Having heard so much about how the author of Postwar , the late Tony Judt, had given a highly readable account of the history of Europe from WWII to the 21st century, the moment this writer spotted this tome sandwiched between others on the history shelves, he knew he had no excuse not to give himself a makeup lesson on contemporary European history. A reader’s serendipitous discovery of a good book depends very much on the biblio-matchmakers. Both Janice and Eli observed that CUHK staff and students make the best readers. They do not just browse but stay long to look for and read original texts. Their wide knowledge, genuine interest and appetite for food for thought can be gauged from the enquiries they made of the shopkeepers which were often not easy to handle. The University Bookstore also houses publications of other university presses, creating a reading ambience as academic as it is relaxed. It has used audio-visual devices to recommend new books from around the world. Book collectors may sometimes find a signed copy of value. From time to time the store organizes book launches, book club meetings, photo exhibitions, and special sales to cater for every need of a bibliophile. This is what a university bookstore should be like. 左起:叶佩珠、刘美儿 From left: Janice Yip, Eli Lau 边注边读 Marginalia 人类不断从各种角度分析自己的行为,心理、社会、文 化……。1992年诺贝尔奖得主 加里.贝克尔 从经济学观点 分析经济学家一般不会考量的社会议题,包括婚姻、家庭、 生育。他的论述启发了不少后学,早前荣膺计量经济学会 院士的 张俊森 教授是其一。张教授接受「……如是说」访 问,向读者缕述求学路、为学心得和教研抱负。 经营书店当然也是经济行为,然经营一所大学书店又如何? 本期专题〈一个爱书人的自白〉介绍了也是由爱书人管理的 校园书店。正如贝克尔在其诺贝尔讲座所言,人类行为,包 括经济活动在内,动机不纯是利己或收益,而是由各种价 值观所驱动的优化选择。 《中大通讯》请得大学保安及交通事务处处长 黄柏年 略谈 校园安全须知,并汇报几宗校园发生的罪案。罪的风险与 罚的代价,经济学家自有公式表述。为免成为罪案受害者先 付出代价,在相对安全的校园还是提高警惕吧。 Social scientists analyse human behaviour using different approaches—psychological, social, cultural…. Nobel Laureate in Economics 1992 Gary Becker applied economic analysis to social issues that economists normally do not scrutinize, such as marriage, family, giving birth. His work inspired many young scholars, including Prof. Zhang Junsen who was recently elected Fellow of the Econometric Society. Professor Zhang tells readers about his academic path and latest research in ‘Thus Spake…’. Operating a bookstore is an economic activity but is it always purely so? This issue’s feature ‘A Book Lover’s Discourse’ introduces a campus bookshop that’s managed by book lovers. As Becker iterated in his Nobel speech, human behaviour including economic activities is motivated by a much richer set of values and preferences than self-interest and financial gain. Are criminal activities motivated by selfishness then? Mr. Philip Wong , director of the Transport and Security Office, gives an update of the crime situation on campus. Committing crime and being the victim of it both entail costs to the individual—Mr. Wong also warns the campus community against certain risks and scams. ———————■■■——————— 目录 Contents 一个爱书人的自白 A Book Lover’s Discourse 2 共建安全校园 Tips for Staying Safe on Campus 3 校园消息 Campus News 4 人事动态 Ins and Outs 7 宣布事项 Announcements 8 艺文雅趣 Arts and Leisure 8 博文贯珍 The Galleria 9 舌尖上的中大 CUHK f+b 9 张俊森如是说 Thus Spake Zhang Junsen 10

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