Monthly Archives: February 2011

Radioactive Shrews and BFF’s

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I expect most of you gentlemen are wooing more like Lucentio than Petruchio; I hope you ladies are receiving your gentleman’s attentions more like Bianca than Katharina! Here are the readings for the upcoming week: “Mowgli’s … Continue reading

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Why is History so Dangerous?

You’d think that events that occurred thousands of years ago wouldn’t be that relevant or threatening to current governments and their policies, right? Au contraire! One of the benefits of developing an awareness of and sensitivity to history is that … Continue reading

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Tolkien Professor Profiled in the Washington Post

Congratulations to Corey Olsen, the Tolkien Professor, on his being profiled in the Washington Post yesterday. Prof. Olsen has been in my Recommended Sites section for several months now for his ongoing efforts to bring a scholarly understanding of J.R.R. … Continue reading

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Why Isn’t the Bible in the Great Books Collection?

I’ve been plugging along for several weeks now on this plan to read through the Great Books collection in seven years. By now some people might have noticed that for a series that is supposed to contain the most essential … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Right to Your (Uninformed) Opinions?

This week I’m listening to an audio version of C.S. Lewis’s Surprised by Joy, and I heard something yesterday that reminded me of a problem I’ve wondered about off and on for a few years. As a young man, Lewis … Continue reading

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Throwing Ralph Waldo Emerson into a Volcano

It’s Great Books Monday; are you ready for the Bard? Here are the reading selections for the coming week: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (GBWW Vol. 24, pp. 199-228) “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of … Continue reading

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Introducing Tom Woods

If you are interested in history, politics, or Roman Catholicism in any way, you’ll probably find much food for thought in the writings of Thomas E. Woods, who cranks out books with astonishing speed. His best known works are the … Continue reading

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This Just In: Internet Makes Kids Dumb

If you’re a teacher, you may have already suspected this after seeing huge numbers of your students submit papers copied and pasted from Wikipedia or some other website. But to be fair, that’s just laziness, not stupidity. Now there is … Continue reading

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Oppressive, Dysfunction-Creating Homeschooling

When Gary North is on, he’s on. “Can you imagine what this girl will face when she hits her teens? Have home schooling parents no shame?” Juxtaposed with videos of a family having a great time playing music together, the … Continue reading

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Mobsters, Melting Pots, and Lab Explosions

If you’re reading the Great Books along with me, are you starting to look at the world in a slightly different way? I think I am, even though I already work with some of these texts as part of my … Continue reading

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