Michael de Percy
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The Republic
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Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
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Rilke wrote a series of letters to the young poet, Franz Xaver Kappus, beginning in 1902. Kappus was reading Rilke's poetry under the chestnut tress at the Military Academy in Wiener Nuestadt when his teacher, Horaček, noticed the volume. Rilke had b ...more
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The Aeneid by Virgil
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Last year I managed to do cover-to-cover readings of Homer's Iliad and The Odyssey, but it has taken me some time to get around to Virgil's "sequel", The Aeneid. In The Iliad, Aeneas is whisked away from the battle at Troy (to heal) and effectively d ...more
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Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney
Bright Lights, Big City
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I "discovered" Jay McInerney when I watched the BBC2 documentary Sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald. McInerney's first novel remains a winner. Set in Mahattan in 1984, the story covers how almost everyone felt in the 1980s. That time when you were done w ...more
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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
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I have been reading a few novels translated into English lately and I have not been disappointed. I discovered The Vegetarian on the podcast The Joy of Serious Literature last year and finally purchased a copy. According to two of my Korean friends, ...more
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How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish
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My reading year began with Mortimer Adler's How to Read a Book. Adler mentions (p. xi) that after the book became a best-seller, it was parodied by How to Read Two Books and, more seriously, How to Read a Page. So when I saw How to Write a Sentence: ...more
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The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin by Carla Mulford
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I have taken Mortimer Adler's advice to heart and so I try to read an author's work before delving into "companion" volumes. But there were many questions I had about Benjamin Franklin, in particular his autodidacticism and his thirteen virtues. How ...more
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Tomorrow is Now by Eleanor Roosevelt
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I am involved in a research project focusing on the four pillars of women, peace and security, emanating from the United Nations' Security Council (UNSCR) Resolution 1325. So I have been doing a number of courses by UN Women and learning about the UN ...more
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