Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sing, Goddess, the Rage of Peleus’ Son Achilleus

What better way to start the week than with a discussion of some of the greatest literary works of all time? That’s what we do here every week at the Western Tradition, and I hope that you’ll put in your … Continue reading

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Montaigne Is a Jerk

Having crossed the 3,500-page mark of our Great Books reading project this past week, it’s time to celebrate by returning to the fountainhead of Western literature and putting ourselves on track to–wait for it–finish a volume of the Great Books … Continue reading

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On Reading the Bible Literally

An interesting but somewhat confusing editorial by John Wilson of Books and Culture magazine appeared in the Wall Street Journal yesterday. Wilson’s topic was the recent controversy at Calvin College over a professor who had been asked to leave his … Continue reading

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It’s Going to Get Worse Before It Gets Better

The 2012 presidential race has begun in earnest, with straw polls in Iowa recently making headlines. Aside from the usual nonsense that this means we’re all in store for, there’s some really egregious distortion taking place in the reporting of … Continue reading

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Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and this week we are on track to pass the 3,500-page mark of this reading program. It seems crazy that after reading so much, we have yet to complete a single volume of either … Continue reading

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Of Philosopher-Kings and Megalomaniacs

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and our train keeps on rolling. It’s quite healthy to read something from several different time periods on a regular basis; the practice helps to keep you from unconsciously adopting the biases of a … Continue reading

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S&P Downgrades U.S. Government

It was inevitable, wasn’t it? On Friday evening Standard and Poor’s confirmed what everyone already knew to be the case: the U.S. government isn’t as good a credit risk as it used to be. No more AAA credit rating, which … Continue reading

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Which Needs More Explaining: Vice or Virtue?

If, unlike me, you’ve watched TV over the last couple weeks, you’ve probably seen a few earnest talking heads trying to “explain” the psychology of Anders Breivik, the man who murdered several dozen people in Norway a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Look at the Size of Them Thar Cuts!

I find that all sorts of momentous things were happening around the world while I was out of commission on the blogging front: another Greek bailout, political upheaval in Turkey, and a madman shooting up Norway, to name a few. … 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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