#056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”

I first saw The Great Dictator when I was writing a grad school research paper. I'd read contemporary articles about the film and its reception, and always saw it on "top comedies" lists, but never watched it til I finally bought the Criterion Collection version. I'm one of those people who love to watch the … Continue reading #056–Can You Think of a Better Way to End the Film, “The Great Dictator?”

The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy #2), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My Copy: 9781593082192 (image from amazon.com) Well, after The Inferno, I was curious how the rest of Dante the Pilgrim's journey was to play out. Maybe it's because The Inferno is so well known in comparison, but I was a bit disappointed with this one. The Purgatorio is the continuation of Dante and his guide, … Continue reading The Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy #2), by Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire

My Copy: 9781435108424 (image from bn.com) A Treatise on Tolerance is a conglomeration of letters and pamphlets Voltaire wrote after the brutal public execution of Jean Calas, a Protestant accused of murdering his son because he supposedly decided to become a Catholic (though later information and what was given at Calas' trial makes this reasoning … Continue reading A Treatise on Tolerance and Other Writings, by Voltaire

The Essential Confucius: The Heart of Confucius’ Teachings in Authentic I Ching Order, by Thomas Cleary

My Copy: 9780062502155 I've tried reading "The Analects," without a shred of success a couple of different ways. Then again, they weren't compiled by Thomas Cleary, who I've read before and is probably the best translator of religious/philosophical texts I've found so far. The Essential Confucius is a bit strange to look through at first, … Continue reading The Essential Confucius: The Heart of Confucius’ Teachings in Authentic I Ching Order, by Thomas Cleary