Category: Required Reading

Sunday Morning Sappho (1)

On first reading, I think the best possible way to encounter Sappho is lying abed on a lazy, late-summer morning and taking the fragments in with as much languor as the scene implies. So beautiful and brief. So desirous and ruined. One pictures Sappho…

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Stories of civilization

* Supplementary Reading: Memories and Visions of Paradise by Richard Heinberg It’s been years since I’ve read any of the bible, and I had really forgotten how the Book of Genesis really does pack in most of the key stories of the Old Testament….

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The many punishments

Initial notes on reading the Inferno for fall classes. Reading Dante’s Inferno I am struck by the degree to which his literary vision has influenced our popular representations of hell. Fire, shit, monsters, and endless torture all feature in this underworld descent where Virgil…

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The one-sided letters of love (1)

As part of my university program, I am keeping a reading journal to document my thoughts on the material we are required to read. I expect there will be more than one post on each assigned reading – a first impressions post, and a…

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