Faust Pt. 1
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, trans. by Randall Jarrell
Back to the heavy stuff.
As I’ve said before, there are books you’re supposed to read if you fancy yourself a product of the Enlightenment. That doesn’t mean mindless adherence to the canon but it does suggest you have to be more than merely dismissive of it.
Still, I am a busy, perhaps more accurately a lazy, man , and I Continue reading
The Screwtape Letters
Sin. What a quaint term. No one cares about sin anymore, do they?
Maybe they do. It’s hard to imagine that a trilogy about a lion and a piece of furniture is solely responsible for most of the works of a long-dead author still being available in Continue reading
Tao Te Ching
Trans. by Stephen Addis & Stanley Lombardo
There are three books I reread in more or less constant rotation. While you’ll never see them written about here they mean the world to me and keep me sane.
This is not one of those books.
It is however the basis for one of those books. More importantly, it is one of those books lying at the core of human civilization that we really ought to read. Think of the Continue reading
Memoirs of Socrates & The Symposium
Xenophon (trans. by Hugh Tredennick)
I feel sorry for philosophy majors.
Because somehow, somewhere along the line, philosophers came to be the whipping boys and girls of higher education. Who’d have thought it would ever come to that?
Quite some time ago, as a freshman, I had to take a year- Continue reading