Category: Philosophy

Lincoln, Socrates, and A Funeral

In this third “potpour-reads” post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in June. Somehow, none of these books are ones from any of my challenge lists. Go figure. I read Lincoln in the Bardo because it is…

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius was the Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180. Marcus Aurelius was known as one of the “Five Good Emperors” and was, indeed, the last of those. Having followed such Emperors as Caligula and Nero, Marcus Aurelius, a stoic general, fair but…

Aristotle’s Poetics

What can I say about Aristotle’s Poetics that has not already been said, and by those much more capable? Certainly, despite being just a collection of drafts and journal entries, this is one of the most significant, relevant, and pervasive pieces of literary criticism…

Thoughts: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 3 Siddhartha is the story of, well, Siddhartha. It begins when he is a young boy in India, well-liked and well-respected by his peers and elders. He is on the path to holiness,…

Review: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 33 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful (socially, academically, etc.) Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie is perhaps the perfect example of American Naturalism.  In it, a small-town Wisconsin girl, Carrie Meeber, moves…

Review: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Final Verdict: 1.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 13 Plot/Story:  1 – Unbelievable Plot/Story. I must preface this review by stating that, having read Ayn Rand’s “About the Author” section, prior to reading this book, I commenced this monster with…

Review: Eeeee Eee Eeee by Tao Lin

Eeeee Eee Eeee by Tao Lin Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD:  7 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impactful The title of this novel, Eeeee Eee Eeee, should be enough to tip off the reader that the book is going to…

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