Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
"To a child who is not well-read, Harry Potter is dangerous—and so is any other book he or she may read. But the best defense against one idea is not fewer ideas, but more of them; and the best defense against one book is a whole host of them. Being widely read, in other words, is the best inoculation against the dangers of literature. Being widely read enables a person to not only see an idea, but, as Chesterton put it, to see through it.
Literature is dangerous—except when taken in large doses."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Created and hosted by actor LeVar Burton, this is probably one of the best shows to not only encourage children to read, but to also educate them on many subjects. Each episode centered around a theme (hats, pizza, cheese, dancing, etc.) , and it would use LeVar's adventures as well as a book to teach more about whatever that theme might be. It also introduced kids to some of the best children's books out there, like Ox Cart Man, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Little Nino's Pizzeria, and Rechenka's Eggs. This was one of my family's favorite shows to watch, and we continue to reminisce about our favorite episodes.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
- Emma by Jane Austen. This is the last of the Austen novels for me. It is said to be her best work and is a favorite with many, but I'm a little skeptical. We'll see how it stacks up to Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.
- A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor. I have been meaning to get around to this author for a little while now, but have always gotten distracted. I have been reading some reviews on her works and something tells me that they will be very different from what I normally read.
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte. I've already read Charlotte and Emily, so I might as well read the other Bronte sister. If it's anything like Jane Eyre it will be good.
- Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. I have heard about this book off and on for the past year or so and am finally getting around to it. According to Wikipedia it "details the spiritual lives behind the facades of an aristocratic family and their friend...". Should be very interesting.
- North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Masterpiece's Cranford piqued my interest in the works of this author who is supposed to be a mixture of Austen, Dickens and Bronte, so I decided to start with one of her most popular novels. By the way, this is about the differences between Northern Victorian England and Southern Victorian England, not the American Civil War.
Throughout the fall I will also be listening to the Classics of British Literature course from The Teaching Company. It will explore many British works from Beowulf to Scott to contemporary works and focuses mainly on how Britain's social landscape created these great works, and also how these works changed Britain's social landscape forever.
Anyway, that is how the rest of my year seems to be shaping up. Feel free to offer suggestions as to any works that I should add to my list. Also, if you have read any of the above works, I would appreciate any and all reviews of them.