Author Archives: Tommy Collison

What I’ve Been Reading

I’m enjoying St. John’s, even though the math and science seminar is fairly difficult work. I  started with math because I knew it was the one that would give me the most grief, and I wasn’t wrong. We started with On … Continue reading

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Assorted Links 9/28/21

Good interview with Elena Ferrante. Good interview with Dr. Anika Prather. Good interview with Amor Towles. I don’t usually love Teen Vogue, but this is a good piece on Banned Books Week, which is this week. I am tentatively excited … Continue reading

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Assorted Links 9/22/21

Elle Griffin is releasing her Gothic novel on Substack, serially, for subscribers. Sally Rooney is, to put it mildly, having a moment. Interview in The Guardian on the “hell of fame.” Says Rooney, “Of course, that person could stop doing whatever … Continue reading

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Assorted Links, 9/8/21

I love the fall! Excited for leaves and weather and all those good things. St. John’s has started, with my math and natural science tutorial: On the Nature of Things is tough but good, and Euclid’s Elements is excellent. I was, if I … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Reading Recently

I’m alive! I dislike blogs that spend a lot of time clearing their throats about why they haven’t written lately: suffice to say — stuff happening, more soon. A Sunday in Ville-d’Avray, a novel by Dominique Barbéris that I read … Continue reading

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Assorted Links, 8/12/21

I haven’t listened yet, but re: my Middlemarch post, The Readers Karamazov have a podcast on Middlemarch. Everything I’ve Learned about Being a “Professional” Writer in One Post. In honor of Andrew Sullivan’s new books, here he is on the … Continue reading

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Why is Middlemarch so good?

The author’s purpose was to be a generous rural historian, and this very redundancy of touch, born of abundant reminiscence, is one of the greatest charms of her work. It is as if her memory was crowded with antique figures, … Continue reading

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Some more thoughts on the specificity of The Prince

Early impressions here. The benefit to doing two discussion salons on the Great Books is that you read a book, discuss a book, and then discuss a book again a month later with the second group. This digestion period has been … Continue reading

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Assorted Links, 8/8/21

Per the Summer 2021 edition of The Sewanee Review, there is a new translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses on the horizon. I am firmly on Team #NewTranslations, so I’m very excited by this (especially since I didn’t enjoy Metamorphoses the first time … Continue reading

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Assorted Links, 8/4/21

You can now volunteer your expertise to help struggling Classics programs, via the Society for Classical Studies. Interview with one of the #DisruptTexts founders. Classics lecturer asks students to edit Wikipedia with what they learn, in lieu of a final … Continue reading

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