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The Eternal War between Director and Playwright

The Relationship of Faust’s Opening to the 8 Basic Motivations As part of my journey to read 100 books in 1 year, I just began reading Goethe’s renowned play Faust, and despite the small amount of information that I had previously known about the play, the beginning surprised me. Pretty sure the story is about a scientist who sells his soul to the devil, so when a Director, Dramatist, and Comedian came on stage and… Read More »The Eternal War between Director and Playwright
Reflecting on The Two Towers where Frodo dreads the pain of Mordor, in the same way as Christ dreads Golgotha

Frodo to Mordor and Christ to Golgotha

By Elizabeth Russell Frodo to Mordor Frodo mounts the peak of a stony crag and gazes across the expanse to the overshadowing gloom of Mordor. “’Mordor!’ he muttered under his breath. ‘If I must go there I wish I could come there quickly and make an end!’” The Two Towers I am currently listening to the Tokybook.com audiobook/audio-drama of The Lord of the Rings (which I highly recommend!), and when I got to that part,… Read More »Frodo to Mordor and Christ to Golgotha

48 Books to Brighten Your Child’s New Year

Let the Little Children Come to the Classics While the public education system has, for the past thirty years, been underestimating our children’s creative abilities and progressively dumbing down the required reading in class, a mass of parents have recently displayed an eagerness to have their advanced readers enjoy a far more rewarding venture into the depths of classics and culture. But where to start? You want to give your child a book that is… Read More »48 Books to Brighten Your Child’s New Year

Pride and Prejudice Excerpt

I LOVE this chapter! Tim and I did a podcast episode on it when he read it for the first time. I feel like it’s one of those you have to read every three years or so. I read it all the way through at the beginning of 2019 – I think. I’ll have to check my goodreads Reading Challenge list… But I read it recently, and I feel like Ben from Parks and Rec:… Read More »Pride and Prejudice Excerpt

4 Christmas Classics You MUST Read

Some classics are obviously Christmas themed, while others on this list merely bear a passing reference to them, but all these books are imbued with the ‘spirit of Christmas present’ deep in their pages and, like Scrooge, live that spirit all year round! 1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe In an unending winter, Father Christmas brings hope where there is none; and yet, in the true christian spirit, he can only come to… Read More »4 Christmas Classics You MUST Read

All the Questions You Ever Had About “Parker’s Back”

Another story in Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge, “Parker’s Back” is the narrative of Parker, a young man married to a very bitter and ugly wife, who had an experience of the transcendent when he was young that he has been chasing ever since. He is finally confronted by it in an image of Christ that he has tattooed on his back, and he expects this image to connect… Read More »All the Questions You Ever Had About “Parker’s Back”

Everything that Rises Must Converge

By Flannery O’Connor We've been creating podcast episodes regularly for awhile now, but I've been negligent about blog posts and emails to accompany them, so I will be doing that once a week now until I'm caught up!This podcast is part of our initiative to read more of the greatest books ever written, discuss them, and better understand them. We invite you to join us in our quest after the leviathans of literature.  Tim: Everything that… Read More »Everything that Rises Must Converge