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Redivivus

One of the cool things about reading is how smart you get by doing it. I’m probably not the best example of this, but I’ve heard it’s true. Today I ran into a new word, redivivus. It was in the following sentence dealing with economists, “But he was not simply Adam Smith redivivus.” Hmm, what […]

Bob Dylan and Robert Burns

Bob Dylan was recently asked who his greatest creative inspiration was. His answer was Robert Burns and particularly his poem A Red, Red Rose, which happens to be on the Carp 500. Opinions are mixed on Burns, many Carpers think he’s simplistic and trite, however, some Carpers and people like Bob Dylan and Abraham Lincoln like […]

Quitting Ulysses

OK, I give. 325 pages in I have to quit. The novel doesn’t go anywhere or do anything. He uses lots of weird words, words I could look up but don’t feel like it because I doubt I really want to know what he’s talking about anyway. Then I looked at a synopsis of the […]

Banned Book: Ulysses

For Banned Books Week, I decided to read James Joyce’s Ulysses, well not quite the whole thing this week, it’s 640 pages long. Anyway, I have no idea why the book was banned. Nothing happens. It’s the story of a guy going through a day and all his thoughts and other people’s thoughts and thoughts […]

Thoreau’s Woods

Henry Thoreau spent lots of time wandering in the woods and writing about how totally awesome he was for doing so. Now, some of the woods that Thoreau wandered in the most are close to being developed into 975 homes and two exclusive resorts. The people of Maine are up in arms over the proposed […]

Robert Burns Toilets

This post is not about a bathroom arsonist named Bob. Robert Burns is a poet, who happens to be on the Carp 500 by the way, born in Scotland. He wrote a poem called the Selkirk Grace that is traditionally said before eating meals. According to legend, the verse was written in a Scottish hotel, […]

Banned Books Week

September 27-October 4 is Banned Books Week. You can go here for a nice list of banned books, many of which are on the Carp 500. In honor of banned books week, pick up a banned book and read it. Why? I don’t know, seems like the thing to do. Celebrate freedom! Every man lives, […]

Reading James Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man has been finished. Many readers of Joyce struggle with his writing. I didn’t for some reason, not sure that’s a good thing. I knew what he was talking about the whole time and had little problem following his train of thought. The basic gist is a […]

Bibliomania

Bibliomania is a web site devoted to giving free copies of classic literature. The site also includes study guides and other stuff to help you get the most out of classic literature. Many Carp books are available here for free, online versions anyway. If you are looking for some free ways to read Carp books, […]

DanteWorlds

Dante’s three books, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso, are all on the Carp 500. These books describe, in Dante’s unique way, the scope of these worlds. Since the books are written in a weird way for modern readers, many people have struggled to follow what Dante is saying. To help you out, The University of Texas at Austin has devised […]