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interesting site

Random House’s official site for Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles, some of my favorite books. Interesting study questions, not that I’m likely to find many people to discuss these books with. My college buddy Claudia introduced me to the glory that is Lymond, I introduced my sister to them and am trying to get Dom to […]

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in praise of P. G. Wodehouse

In his article, “God & Bertie Wooster” Joseph Bottum, one of my favorite contemporary poets and commentator on literature, explains why Wodehouse is a necessary antidote to Nietzche and all other ailments fo the modern waste land.   As it happens, Bertie Wooster and the other young men of P.G. Wodehouse�s world have little in […]

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Joseph Pearce lectures on Tolkien, Lewis and Myth

Download the mp3s here Surprisingly enough (to me) this was at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Two very good lectures and also a good two-part panel discussion where Pearce’s cockney sounds quite fun next to the other prof’s drawls. Evidently the seminary or a related college has a great books program of sorts and a very […]

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banned books

Here for your enjoyment is the list of the top 110 banned books. Bold the ones you’ve read. Italicize the ones you’ve read part of. Read more. Convince others to read some. [I don’t know if you actually need to read some or convince others as long as you’ve got practically any marked as read […]

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Faulkner

When we read William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize speech in high school English, it really stuck with me. I think it will be agood way to open up a lit class. Asking students why litereature is important, why we read it, what it means. Faulkner has some good answers. http://nobelprize.org/literature/laureates/1949/faulkner-speech.html

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‘World Literature”

Though I’m not sure how much “world” it is. Here’s my list for this summer: Jane Austen Persuasion Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn Alexander Solzhenitsyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Margaret Atwood The Handmaid�s Tale Isabelle Allende The House of the Spirits Toni Morrison Beloved

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Persuasion

The novel by Jane Austen. Will be the first that I teach in my summer class. here I will start a collection of links and ideas to help prepare for teaching the book. List of occurrences of the word �persuasion�: http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/persuasn.html it would be good to tell the students to underline each occurence as they […]

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quotes

“Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks truth!” �Whoever seeks the truth is seeking God, whether consciously or unconsciously�. —Edith Stein  

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