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Book Review: The Mysteries of Udoplho by Ann Radcliffe

Format:  Paperback

Pages: 693 pages

Published:  1794

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Classics


A best-seller in its day and a potent influence on Sade, Poe, and other purveyors of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic horror, …

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But it is important what we make of these stories. What meaning we find in them, as wanderers by the seashore find first one shell, then another, and then form them into a chain of their own making.

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Racism in Classics: A Teach-In at UofM

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

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Lucretius, Epicureanism, and a sinking ship: My thoughts on the Inauguration

The beginning of Book II of Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura has always been one of my favorite parts of this Roman poet’s epic.  As Inauguration Day approaches in my country, I keep mulling over these lines for various reasons which I will explain.  864 more words


January 16th, 2017

Currently Reading: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This year I made a New Year’s resolution to write more, and have decided that that includes blogging and/or journal writing. 685 more words


Goal for 2017: 27 Books to Read

When looking at the 1001(+) plus Books to Read list, absolute must reads Classics list, and the books/authors specifically listed in “2001 things to do before you die”; it seems quite overwhelming. 269 more words


Machiavelli on the Power of "Virtue"

What is virtue? Some might say goodness, morality, and character. Aristotle, one of the greatest Greek philosophers, said virtue consisted of four elements (prudence, temperance, courage, and justice) and was the foundation for any effective action. 259 more words