Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sing, Goddess, the Rage of Peleus’ Son Achilleus

What better way to start the week than with a discussion of some of the greatest literary works of all time? That’s what we do here every week at the Western Tradition, and I hope that you’ll put in your … Continue reading

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Montaigne is a Jerk

[Apologies for the late posting. This originally went up on Monday on The Western Tradition, but I neglected to post here.] Having crossed the 3,500-page mark of our Great Books reading project this past week, it’s time to celebrate by … Continue reading

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Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and this week we are on track to pass the 3,500-page mark of this reading program. It seems crazy that after reading so much, we have yet to complete a single volume of either … Continue reading

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Of Philosopher-Kings and Megalomaniacs

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and our train keeps on rolling. It’s quite healthy to read something from several different time periods on a regular basis; the practice helps to keep you from unconsciously adopting the biases of a … Continue reading

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Hang That Innocent Man from the Nearest Yardarm

If you’re following this Great Books reading program with me, you’re probably encountering at least one and perhaps several works each week you’ve never dealt with before. In fact, last week I got to read five selections for the first … Continue reading

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When Henry Jekyll Says He’s of Two Minds About Something, Look Out

3,000+ pages of the Great Books down; only 35,000 or so more to go! I’m wondering whether to insert some of Adler’s recommended novels and poetry not in the Great Books series as bonus reading. If you have any thoughts, … Continue reading

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