Tag Archives: Leo Tolstoy

Don’t Ever Rob a Temple

If you’re at all like me, you view the major cultural and political developments of 2016 with a jaundiced eye. I’ve found, however, that by immersing myself in great works like the ones below, I can insulate myself from some … Continue reading

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Rome Falls

I am making good on my promise to resume the Great Books Project posts. True, I’m doing it about one year later than I had intended, but better late than never. The laptop on which I had been drafting posts … Continue reading

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Plato Channels Nigel Tufnel

Great Books Project posts in consecutive weeks? That hasn’t happened in a while! Let’s get right to it. Here are the readings for the coming week: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, Book II, Chapters 1-10 (GBWW Vol. 51, pp. … Continue reading

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Don’t Trust Anyone Under Fifty

My high hopes for summer reading were disappointed as I took on new job responsibilities and my family went through a move (and is actually still going through it—we have been between houses for more than a month). I lost … Continue reading

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Angels Weren’t Created Happy

We are down in the weeds in the midst of six lengthy works this week in the Great Books Project and will be for some time. Fortunately, my enthusiasm for recently resuming the project should keep me from getting bogged … Continue reading

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One More Volume Down

I neglected to mention it last week, but Dante’s discourse on world government was the final reading from Volume 7 of the Gateway to the Great Books series. What’s more, we are very close to completing Volume 3, with just … Continue reading

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Dante Alighieri, Aspiring Bilderberger

I don’t know about you, but I am ready to say farewell to Sigmund Freud for a while, so it’s a good thing this week’s Great Books readings include the conclusion of The Interpretation of Dreams. Here are the readings … Continue reading

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Smackdown 2011: Theseus vs. Romulus

It’s Great Books Monday, and I want to reiterate how immersion in the Western tradition helps you see and interact with the world in a richer and more meaningful way. If you read the “Tornadoes and Tolstoy” post last week, … Continue reading

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Tornadoes and Tolstoy

It was a rough day here in Alabama yesterday with more than 150 people killed by tornadoes. Damages will no doubt run into the tens of millions. (My household fared better than many; we were on the extreme southern edge … Continue reading

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On Being Intelligent and Stuff

It’s Great Books Monday here at the Western Tradition. Here are the readings for the coming week: “Of Truth” by Francis Bacon (Vol. 10, pp. 346-347) “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg” by Mark Twain (Vol. 2, pp. 346-386) The English … Continue reading

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