Monthly Archives: July 2011

Back in the Saddle

I don’t want to tempt the Fates or anything because there are still one or two loose ends to tie up here with the phone/internet service, but I am back online now in my new home office. I hope to … 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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Status Update

Posting here has remained very sparse because I still do not have internet service at my new house. It was scheduled to be turned on Tuesday, but there is some sort of problem with the line, and AT&T has been … Continue reading

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A Fond Farewell to Herodotus

This week we will break the 3,000-page mark in our Great Books reading project. If you are new to this site, don’t let that number discourage you for a minute! Everyone starts from zero, and it’s not necessary to read … Continue reading

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Faust Was a Keynesian

I confess that there have been a few times since beginning this Great Books project that I’ve looked at my reading list for the week with trepidation, as a chore to be accomplished. This past week, though, I kept on … Continue reading

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160 Million Missing Women: An Argument Against Abortion?

If you haven’t already, you really ought to read the argument over abortion that has been going on for about a week at the New York Times and Salon websites. It all started when Ross Douthat devoted a column to … Continue reading

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I’ll Take Herodotus Over “300,” Thank You Very Much

Here are some of my observations from last week’s Great Books readings: Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Chapter XVII: Assuming that this wasn’t a “Mutiny on the Bounty,” I suppose we can say Crusoe did the right thing by helping … Continue reading

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Another Pathetic Apology

Once again, I find myself composing a Great Books Monday post without quite having finished the readings from the previous week. Our move is this week, and I must beg readers’ continuing patience. This time around, Herodotus is the culprit. … Continue reading

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