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In Hope, Joy and Love: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

If asked what they think about Shakespear's play Hamlet most people have strong feelings - they either love the dark, brooding and philosophically searching main character or they hate what they take to be Hamlet's angst-ridden indecisiveness.  By way of... Continue Reading →

How to be Good: Plato and the Purpose of The Laws

Sometimes my dog Tim does things that he shouldn't.  Like the time he ate the right shoe of two different pairs. Or when he jumped up and broke the ceiling fan. Or when, just prior to Thanksgiving dinner, he lunged... Continue Reading →

Losing Yourelf in Love: A Method for Self-Knowledge

 The novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper is a story about both losing and recollecting yourself in the love and life of another. Set 60 odd years after the Second World War, the novel is primarily... Continue Reading →

Philosophy for Life: The (In)Justice of Plato

Stop me if you've heard this one.  An Athenian, a Spartan and a Cretan walk into Hades....   The Laws, while ostensibly about the creation of a perfect city, like Plato's other dialogues, it is also about the desire for wisdom,... Continue Reading →

Recollecting Yourself: David Adams Richards and Why We Read

When I was a kid, I used to love to climb a particular tree in my backyard and lose myself in a book. That is until we discovered that I was allergic to said tree and no longer allowed to... Continue Reading →

Dante for Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, I am silly.   Too many garish lights.  Too many inside jokes. Too many dioramas involving Socrates and snowmen.  I love Christmas and the broader holiday season unabashedly. But I also know that for many... Continue Reading →

A Winter’s Tale in Winter: Knowing Like a Lover Does

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale begins with a familiar plot device, best friends divided because one person mistakingly believes that the other has betrayed him by sleeping with his partner. A number of highjinks follow until friend one realizes his mistake... Continue Reading →

Bearing a Burden: Dante Wants to Carry Your Bags

As much as Dante's Divine Comedy is about the power of romantic love (as it is for the sake of Beatrice that Dante is willing to go through all of the terror of Inferno and the arduous climb of Purgatory),... Continue Reading →

Tim: BFFs and the Philosopher King

Today while I was cleaning up the rest of the leaves in advance of a predicted snow squall, Tim decided that we were actually playing a game - a delightful game that involved him launching his 113 pounds at my... Continue Reading →

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