What is a “Great Book”?
I started this project in 2014. Join me as I wrestle with the greatest books ever written -ancient and modern – from Plato to Hemingway. Read along as I scribble down some thoughts here and there about each one.
Primarily, I will proceed with the basic assumption that each text presents something vitally important for me to discover:
“Under the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, have you persuaded yourself that there are knowledges and truths beyond your grasp, things that you simply cannot learn? Have you allowed adverse evidence to pile up and force you to conclude that you are not mathematical, not linguistic, not poetic, not scientific, not philosophical? If you have allowed this to happen, you have arbitrarily imposed limits on your intellectual freedom, and you have smothered the fires from which all other freedoms arise.”
-Scott Buchanan, “The Last Don Rag”