Shimer College

May 16, 2014

Kiss, Marry, Or Kill?

And other questions answered by Shimer students

Name Sam Truman
Age 20
Year Junior
Major Humanities
Hometown Beckley, West Virginia


1. In the event of a zombie apocalypse, which writer(s) from the Shimer curriculum would you want on your team and why?

I would pick Machiavelli because he survived several weeks of torture without spilling political secrets, so obviously he’s tough. He’s also pretty goal-oriented, so he would use any means to survive.

2. Pick three authors from the curriculum to kiss, marry, or kill.

Kiss: Kierkegaard, Marry: Freud, Kill: Aristotle

3. If you could go back in time and ask any author from the curriculum a question, who would you choose and why?

In Confessions, Augustine makes a vague reference to something he did that was so horrible he couldn’t talk about it, even though he was confessing all of his sins. I would go back in time and ask what he did. He probably wouldn’t tell me.

4. If you could swap bodies with any author in the curriculum for a day, who would you choose and why?

I would swap bodies with Catherine of Siena albeit very, very briefly. My thesis is going to be on the theme of suffering in religion and centers somewhat around her life, so it would lend some very good insight. It would also be interesting to see what it would be like to be in the head of a saint.

5. Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I do a style of kung fu called choy lay fut.

6. Favorite quotation?

“And Lot’s wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes.”

– Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five