Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Great Books Are Diversity

Anyone who claims to appreciate diversity should enjoy reading the Great Books. In the past week we read one of the world’s greatest historians, a philosopher who thinks history is for little minds, and authors who variously interpret life as … Continue reading

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Augustine Censures the Pagans

On this Great Books Monday, we launch into the reading of the most influential epic (I do not say the greatest) in the history of the West. With Virgil added to the readings from the most important post-apostolic theologian in … Continue reading

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Queequeg’s Coffin and the Great Man Theory of History

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I’m feeling really motivated this week. I spent some time yesterday looking over what we’re likely to attack in the next few weeks, and it is really great stuff, starting with our selections … Continue reading

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Breaking Captain Ahab’s Head on an Anvil

We’ve put it off for too long; it’s time to read some ancient Greek drama. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ch. 133-Epilogue¬† (GBWW Vol. 48, pp. 246-260) “Great Men and Their Environment” … Continue reading

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“Spin Me the Yarn!”

After yesterday’s summary of our 2011 accomplishments, I hope you’re feeling motivated to press forward. Remember that you can jump in midstream at any time with shorter works and go back to pick up earlier selections as you are able! … Continue reading

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Reading the Great Books: One Year Down, Six to Go

Happy New Year! It’s time to take a look back at 2011 and evaluate the progress on this project I keep harping on of reading the Great Books. If you’ve been following along to any extent whatsoever, you’ll be interested … Continue reading

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