Thursday, December 03, 2009

The current reads around here

Recently finished by various family members:


A Right to Die A Nero Wolfe Mystery by Rex Stout
Racing Odysseus by Roger Martin
Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C.S. Lewis
Cordelia Underwood by Van Reid

Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
Mollie Peer by Van Reid
Oxygen: A Novel by Carol Cassella

Current Great Books:

Chronicles of the Crusades by Jean de Joinville, Geffroy de Villehardouin
Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan


In the midst of:


The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor
Something Fresh by P.G. Wodehouse
Redwall by Brian Jacques

Up next:


A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books by Alex Beam
Among the Mad: A Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear

What are you reading right now? Send me an email if you have something to recommend!

2 comments:

Sandy C. said...

Yay! for comments on Di's blog. I loved Til We Have Faces. It is one of my favorite C.S. Lewis books.

You've been on my mind a lot lately as we are now struggling with my m-i-l's health (now in a nursing home) and my dad's health(facing a rehab or nursing home). God bless you and your family!

Sandy

Max Weismann said...

Argumentum ad Hominem

The subtitle should have read, Every Negative Fact and Innuendo I Could Dredge Up

Although he was not particularly unkind to me in the book, I found virtually every page to be a smart-alecky and snide diatribe of the worst order against the Great Books, Adler, Hutchins, et al. Plus the book is replete with errors of commission and omission.

As an effective antidote, I prescribe Robert Hutchins' pithy essay, The Great Conversation.

If the Great Books crusade is as bleak as Beam purports, then happily, not many will read his invective book.

Max Weismann,
President and co-founder with Mortimer Adler, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
Chairman, The Great Books Academy (3,000+ students)