Tag Archives: Euclid

Great Books Catch-up

I finally managed to complete last week’s readings early this morning. Here are some thoughts: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Chapter XVI: If this isn’t Hollywood action-flick material, I don’t know what is. Crusoe and Friday attack twenty-one cannibals in … Continue reading

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First You Decorate Him, Then You Shoot Him

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I’m ready to dig into another serving of some of the best books ever written. If you haven’t joined the party yet, why on earth not? Step up and let your mind expand. … Continue reading

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Proof That Not All Cultures Are Equal

Straight lines perpendicular to planes, birds carrying gems to poor people, cannibals, bridge building . . . you encounter all kinds of different things when you read the Great Books. I hope you’ve been following along because we’re closing in … Continue reading

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The Most Famous Footprint Ever

It’s another Great Books Monday here at the Western Tradition, where we are deep into several classics of Western civilization. Fortunately, I’ve managed to keep a couple of short works in the weekly reading lists for the more casual visitors … Continue reading

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A Party Where Everyone Dies Is No Fun

Happy Memorial Day to everyone! What better way to spend a portion of your day off work than to read part of one of the great works of Western Civilization? Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Robinson Crusoe … Continue reading

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Exposing the Grandchild Didn’t Work for Astyages, Either

It’s Great Books Monday here at the Western Tradition, and this past week has been the first where we were in five long works simultaneously . . . probably not the best moment for a newcomer to jump in. However, … Continue reading

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Sing Psalms When You’re Shipwrecked

We’re back to normal with a real Great Books Monday post. Those of you in education are probably entering or nearing the beginning of your summer break. If you are foolish like me, you’ve loaded yourself up with numerous projects … Continue reading

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Et tu, Brute?

[Apologies for not reposting in a timely manner from The Western Tradition. I’m ten days late!] The best laid plans go awry when your modem breaks in the Information Age. The technician just left my house, and all seems well … Continue reading

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Smackdown 2011: Theseus vs. Romulus

It’s Great Books Monday, and I want to reiterate how immersion in the Western tradition helps you see and interact with the world in a richer and more meaningful way. If you read the “Tornadoes and Tolstoy” post last week, … Continue reading

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Scoffers Can Become Saints

For this Great Books Monday, I glanced over my spreadsheet to get a quick idea of how much ground we’ve covered so far in the reading program. Of the 1,600+ pages in the can, we’ve completed eight short stories, two … Continue reading

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