Author Archives: Tommy Collison

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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Assorted Links, 8/2/21

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses on its turning. The weeks that come before are only a … Continue reading

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Inchoate thoughts on Middlemarch, and fiction

Ed. Note: If it weren’t already obvious, I’m sort of throwing my original book order out the window. Most of this has to do with making sure that I’m prepared for the Interintellect discussion series, but part of it is also not … Continue reading

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Assorted Links, 7/25/21

I enjoyed this piece on time in Frankenstein. David Perell has published his mammoth essay on the liberal arts. It’s excellent. It’s an active kind of leisure where you engage in meaningful conversation, contemplate enduring questions, and nurture the soul with … Continue reading

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