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Captivated By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I finished Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov a few weeks ago. For me, the book came in the wake of Crime and Punishment, so I feel like I’ve had a solid dose of Russian prose. 244 more words


Understood Betsy {Great Books}

Another great book that we discovered this year is Understood Betsy. This may be in my top ten favorite books of all time. The narrator is funny and sharp. 215 more words

Reading about food & drinks #1

This two-part reflection was inspired by my Great Books classes in the last two years, and by this photo from my Pepperdine colleague Donna Plank.  Norman Rockwell’s classic illustration “Freedom From Want,” which I showed in the American history survey class last week, reminded me to finish these posts before Thanksgiving. 1,652 more words

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What Was The Cause of The Persian Wars?

In our quest to put the Persian Wars on trial, we find our inquiry focused chiefly on two groups: the Athenians and the Persians, or the Achaemenids.  709 more words


Quote of the Week

This begins my attempt to provide my quote of the week, hereafter published every Friday. This week, I present a quote from F.A. Hayek on his definition of liberty in his book,  127 more words


Friday Fiction Finds~11.20.15

I take every Friday to post a few novels I find during the week that I want to pass along to you. They may be free or discounted, if they are particularly good and I don’t want to wait, I’ll let you know right away. 594 more words


Marco Rubio, Welding, and Philosophy

“Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers.” ~ Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio’s recent comments have had some traffic since the most recent (39th?!) Republican presidential debate.

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