Monthly Archives: October 2011

Eugene O’Neill Writes Weird Stuff

Ten months into this Great Books reading program, we have completed more than 4,500 pages of reading and are still going strong. The works continue to increase in difficulty gradually, but we’re all big boys and girls and can get … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky is a Downer

It’s another Great Books Monday, and we’re on pace to break the 4,500-page mark this week. Just today I was speaking to a colleague about this project and noted how it has helped me to have meaningful conversations and a … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Homer (Sort Of)

Whew! Many apologies for the delay in posting this week’s readings. I lost three days over the weekend by traveling to Arkansas for my 20-year high school reunion (which, by the way, was fantastic). I didn’t finish the Iliad until … Continue reading

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Death of the Classics (?)

If you have never had a chance to peruse the website of Taki’s Magazine, you might want to take a look. It features a number of iconoclastic writers who for one reason or another aren’t welcome in bien-pensant circles. Last … Continue reading

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Matter in Motion

Can it be? After a mere 40 weeks, we’re about to complete the first of our sixty-seven volumes of the Great Books (I’m omitting the three volumes from the two series that are largely indices). It’s fitting that we finish … Continue reading

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What Is Property?

It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I barely managed to finish last week’s reading in time to make this post. It seems like the ideas in the last batch of selections were headier than usual and required more reflection. … Continue reading

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