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Darwin Is Done

This past week we wrapped up the last of our readings from Charles Darwin in the Great Books Project, completing Volume 49 of the Great Books of the Western World. This week we’ll see the last of Descartes. Here are … Continue reading

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Sheep Are No Match for Don Quixote

The Great Books Project marches on in 2014! Expect a summary of our 2013 and overall progress later in the week. Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Book XV (GBWW Vol. 37, pp. … Continue reading

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“That he our deadly forfeit should release . . .”

This week in the Great Books Project we come within a whisker of our 5,000th page of Imaginative Literature and 3,500th page of Science and Mathematics. That seems like a pretty good way to ring in the new year! Here … Continue reading

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Tilting at Windmills

To observe Christmas this week in the Great Books Project, I’m sandwiching in something seasonally appropriate between the irreverence of Fielding and Cervantes. I think you’ll like it (unless, of course, you’re a philistine!). Here are the readings for the … Continue reading

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A Muggle in the Thirty Years War

I can’t put it off any longer. Dust off that suit of armor in your closet, because it’s time to open Cervantes. Here are the readings for the coming week: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, Book XII (GBWW Vol. 37, … Continue reading

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Oedipus Goes to Die

When was the last time I went exactly seven days between Great Books posts? I have no idea, to be honest. Nevertheless, we completed 16,500 pages last week and continue our journey through the Great Conversation. Here are the readings … Continue reading

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“A House Where Old Friends Were Betrayed”

Welcome to December! It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of our third full year of readings in the Great Books Project. As usual, I’ll do a summary of the year’s accomplishments in early January, but I think … Continue reading

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A First: Three Volumes of Great Books Completed the Same Week

I feel as though I should be blogging about the 50th anniversary of C.S. Lewis’s death today, but I really do need to make this Great Books Project post. (On Lewis, here’s a post commemorating his contributions.) I suddenly realized … Continue reading

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O For a Muse of Fire

Some weeks it seems like there’s not much big-picture news to report in this Great Books Project. This week, however, we’ll pass the 4,000-page mark in the Man and Society category of readings and finish two long works AND two … Continue reading

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Eighteenth-Century Profanity and the Sex Lives of Crustaceans

You’d think that after completing the 16,000th page of reading in this Great Books Project, we’d have reached the halfway point of our journey. Recall, though, that this project involves more than 40,000 pages of reading, so we won’t get … Continue reading

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