Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Plato Channels Nigel Tufnel

Great Books Project posts in consecutive weeks? That hasn’t happened in a while! Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book II, Chapters 1-10 (GBWW Vol. 51, pp. … Continue reading

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Don’t Trust Anyone Under Fifty

My high hopes for summer reading were disappointed as I took on new job responsibilities and my family went through a move (and is actually still going through it—we have been between houses for more than a month). I lost … Continue reading

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“I Would My Horse Had the Speed of Your Tongue.”

This week in the Great Books Project we finish off the last of the John Milton volume and start Thomas Aquinas’s treatise on angels. We’ll also read about the Visigoths’ sack of Rome if my guess is right. All this … Continue reading

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“I Do Bite My Thumb, Sir”

We continue to plug along in the Great Books Project, and I believe we will have caught up with our original schedule within a couple of weeks. (Recall that I lost a week due to travels and workload some time … Continue reading

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O For a Muse of Fire

Some weeks it seems like there’s not much big-picture news to report in this Great Books Project. This week, however, we’ll pass the 4,000-page mark in the Man and Society category of readings and finish two long works AND two … Continue reading

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Eighteenth-Century Profanity and the Sex Lives of Crustaceans

You’d think that after completing the 16,000th page of reading in this Great Books Project, we’d have reached the halfway point of our journey. Recall, though, that this project involves more than 40,000 pages of reading, so we won’t get … Continue reading

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We Have Heard the Chimes at Midnight

In the next seven days, we will hit the 16,000th page of reading in the Great Books Project. Along the way, St. Thomas Aquinas will instruct us on the nature of Truth. Here are the readings for the coming week: … Continue reading

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Sons Who Kill Their Mothers Should Beware Nasty Harpy Things

Not the most eloquent title for a blog post, I admit, but I couldn’t resist. Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Book V (GBWW Vol. 37, pp. 73-98)* “Of Ideas” by St. Thomas … Continue reading

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All Academic Labor Is Unproductive

This week in the Great Books Project, we’re temporarily going off script again, this time to pick up one of the “original” Great Books. See below for more details. Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by … Continue reading

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Shakespeare: Exposing an Infant Leads to Death by Bear

As we forge ahead with the Great Books Project, this week we get an encore reading from T.S. Eliot. We also, at long last, wrap up Book I of Epictetus’s Discourses and get what I hope will be something lucid … Continue reading

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