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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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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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Captain Ahab Means Business

Another Monday, another feeling of accomplishment at what we read in the past week. If you find yourself struggling to find enough time to read, consider picking up audio versions of some of these works and listening to them in … Continue reading

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Moderns Hate Aristotle

Reading the Great Books won’t burn off the turkey you ate last week, but it ought to. This week we pass 1,500 pages in Imaginative Literature and 1,300 pages in Philosophy and Theology; that is some hard work, let me … Continue reading

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Call Me Ishmael

This week our Great Books reading program will pass the 5,000-page mark. That calls for a celebration! I hereby give you permission to take this Thursday off from work if you’re in the United States. Here are the readings for … Continue reading

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Shylock is a Meanie

On this Great Books Monday, gird up your loins, for we are about to embark on a quest for the Great White Whale. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ch. 1-15  (GBWW Vol. … Continue reading

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Stephanie Meyer Ripped Edward Cullen Off from George Eliot

On this Great Books Monday, I’m happy to announce that we’re about to pass another milestone: 1,000 pages of science and mathematics readings. I’m particularly excited about this number, even though it is the genre from which we’ve read the … Continue reading

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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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