Monthly Archives: December 2011

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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Does Christmas Have Pagan Origins?

You know the drill: around this time of year the Christophobes try to debunk Christmas by alleging that it’s simply a hodgepodge of pagan traditions that Christians co-opted to ease the transition of converts into their religion. Mithraism, Vikings, blah … Continue reading

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Dante Was Manly

I don’t want you to choke on a surfeit of links to the Art of Manliness website, but there is another recent post there that dovetails perfectly with the Western Tradition: Andrew Ratelle’s “Lessons in Manliness from Dante.” Ratelle’s main … Continue reading

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“Cut Me One From His Small!”

Here are some observations on last week’s Great Books readings: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Chapters 55-75: If Ahab’s soliloquy over the dead sperm whale didn’t give you chills, I think there must be something wrong with you. And since … Continue reading

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Playing Catch-up

It’s Great Books Monday, but I need one more day to complete last week’s readings; Mr. Gilbert eluded me through Sunday. For those of you who are more on top of things than I, here are the readings for the … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens, RIP

Christopher Hitchens, essayist, civil libertarian, and prominent New Atheist, died on December 15, 2011, after a battle with esophageal cancer. I asked readers of this blog to pray for Hitchens last year, contrary to his stated wishes. Hitchens was an … Continue reading

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Lantern-Bearers” Revisited

If you’ve been hanging around this site for a while or have done some of the readings for our Great Books project, you may recall that one of the early selections we read (way back in February) was Robert Louis … Continue reading

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A Match Made in Camelot

Although both of them are already permanently linked from this site, I feel obligated to mention here that the Chivalry Today and Art of Manliness folks recently got together to record a podcast: “Manvoted to Chivalry.” If you visit the … 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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The Welfare State: A Sinking Ship

Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson has laid out some uncomfortable facts that need to sink in with our policymakers before they do anything else stupid. In “The Welfare State’s Reckoning,” Samuelson points out that Americans who are currently scoffing at … Continue reading

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