Friday, August 31, 2012

Reading Rat August 2012

On authors and works in my recommended reading:

William Buckley Vs Gore Vidal, You Tube.

Dr. Sam Johnson, poem by John Rees Moore [pdf]

Alec MacGillis on What ‘The Economist’ Gets Wrong About America, using an example from in its Bagehot column

Kaballah "combines the fun part of Judaism with magic." --Jenna Moroney, 30 Rock Wiki

"In Homer, the conflict between the Greeks and the Trojans is hardly larger in scope than a feud between one Greek city-state and a coalition of other city-states; behind the story of Aeneas [in Virgil's Aeneid] is the consciousness of a more radical distinction, a distinction, which is at the same time a statement of the relatedness, between two great cultures, and finally, of their reconciliation under an all-embracing destiny." --T. S. Eliot, What is a Classic, quoted in The Great Books: A Journey through 2,500 Years of the West's Classic Literature (2009), by Anthony O'Hear

"One of his [Joseph Epstein's] favorite quotes, appearing in half of his books, is T.S. Eliot's remark on Henry James: "'He had a mind so fine no idea could violate it.'" Golden Juggler, by Joseph Tartakovsky, Claremont Review of Books, Spring 2008, review of In a Cardboard Belt!: Essays Personal, Literary, and Savage, by Joseph Epstein

"...the idea of a state of nature opened up a way for Rousseau to explain the human weakness he emphasized in Calvinist terms, without embracing the dogma of original sin whose denial had caused his break with the Catholic Church (and 'Emile's condemnation by the Archbishop of Paris)." --Carolina Armenteros, 'From Human Nature to Norman Humanity: Joseph de Maistre, Rousseau, and the Origins of Moral Statistics', Journal of the History of Ideas, January 2007, p. 117-118

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Order of the Garter, by Francis Ingledew, Introduction: SGGK and the Edwardian Era [pdf]

Seventh Circuit: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Rip Off Nietzsche, by Robyn Hagan Cain, 7th Circuit News and Information blog

P.S. "I would never say Gore Vidal is a bad writer." --William F. Buckley

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