Tag Archives: Herman Melville

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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Cannibalize This, Montaigne

I trust everyone had a merry Christmas and is ready to plunge back into the reading of the Great Books today! Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ch. 93-101¬† (GBWW Vol. 48, pp. … Continue reading

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“Cut Me One From His Small!”

Apologies for the late post this week; Last week I was deeply involved in a couple of projects that prevented me from completing the readings until yesterday. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Alexander Hamilton

As we close in on the end of the first year of this Great Books reading program, I’m looking back over the list of works we’ve read and can’t help being impressed. That list will only grow, of course. I’ll … Continue reading

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Captain Ahab Means Business

Another Monday, another feeling of accomplishment at what we read in the past week. If you find yourself struggling to find enough time to read, consider picking up audio versions of some of these works and listening to them in … Continue reading

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Moderns Hate Aristotle

Reading the Great Books won’t burn off the turkey you ate last week, but it ought to. This week we pass 1,500 pages in Imaginative Literature and 1,300 pages in Philosophy and Theology; that is some hard work, let me … Continue reading

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Call Me Ishmael

This week our Great Books reading program will pass the 5,000-page mark. That calls for a celebration! I hereby give you permission to take this Thursday off from work if you’re in the United States. Here are the readings for … 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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