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Sing to me of the man, Muse

Day 15. Monday, June 18th, 2018.

Day 15. Monday is finally over and we are one day closer to the weekend! I had some drinks with a good friend, and we had a very nice conversation. 513 more words


Chapter 16: Eumaeus

Sailing home from Troy

Eumaeus, or, It’s Time to Go Home

After the dizzying, trippy action in Circe, Eumaeus is slow-paced.  Not much really happens in the chapter.  329 more words


I have to say right off the bat that from the time I first read The Odyssey, my favorite character was the witch goddess Circe, who turned Odysseus’ sailors into pigs, and would have (I always believed) turned Odysseus into one as well if he hadn’t cheated (e.g., gotten help from the god Hermes to protect himself).   836 more words



One of the assignments I used to give my juniors was to memorize the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. 1,104 more words


Book Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

Later, years later, I would hear a song made of our meeting. The boy who sang it was unskilled, missing notes more often than he hit, yet the sweet music of verses shone through his mangling.

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Chapter 12: The Cyclops

The Cyclops, or, Bloom Narrowly Escapes!

In The Odyssey, The Cyclops Polyphemus is a giant one-eyed monster who traps Odysseus and his men in a cave where he keeps his sheep.  2,133 more words

The Second Man: An autobiography concerning​ a sense of belonging - 3

Like Crusoe, I wanted to escape my country when I was young. I had, as a boy, identified with England. Not only because of an ethnic similarity and a shared language but because it seemed to me progressive and open. 1,490 more words