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It's a simple dream. After many years becoming reasonably well educated, I dream of helping people do the same.
For that purpose only, I contributed to the creation of the Wisdom degree curriculum at Perelandra College.
The program asks students to read and think about masterworks of literature, philosophy, and theology, and that those who hope to increase their writing skills respond in writing.
Here is the current reading list:
Soren Kierkegaard: Purity of Heart is to Will One Thing
Blaise Pascal: Pensees
F.C. Coppleston: Aquinas
C.S. Lewis: Mere Christianity and The Great Divorce
Dallas Willlard: Hearing God and The Spirit of the Disciplines
Brian Zahnd: Beauty Will Save the World
Feodor Dostoyevski: The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment
Flannery O’Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find
Graham Greene: The Power and the Glory
J.D. Salinger: Franny and Zooey
Anonymous: The Way of the Pilgrim
Brother Lawrence: The Practice of the Presence of God
Various Authors: Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
Various Authors: The Philokalia
Thomas Merton: The Seven Story Mountain
St. Augustine: Confessions
Christina Rosetti: "The Goblin Market"
William Blake: "The Clod and the Pebble" and "The Little Black Boy"
T.S. Eliot: "Journey of the Magi"
W.B. Yeats: "The Second Coming"
Sor Juana de la Cruz: "To Her Portrait"
John Donne: "Death be not Proud"
Gerard Manly Hopkins: "The Windhover"
Julia Ward Howe: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
Of course we hope you will read at least some of these works and perhaps discover among them authors of whose wit and wisdom you will seek more.
And if you feel you would gain by corresponding with a professor about your reading and writing, or if you would care to earn a college degree honoring your efforts, please consider enrolling in Perelandra College at any time before, during, or after your reading.
Well Worth Repeating
Along with Book 1, Supermen,This Rough Beast, Book 2 of For America -- over which I have gnashed my teeth for years and years -- is available in ebook.
In This Rough Beast you will find Otis Otterbach attempting to make a life after baseball and after his best and most trusted friend disappears, perhaps on the run, since he may have committed murder
The story follows and interprets the hopes and turmoil of the 1960s including the Vietnam war through the eyes of an infantry soldier, a helicopter pilot, and a deserter; the protest movements in Berkeley; the rise and fall of the folk music and coffee house scene; the Manson family and what its existence caused and taught, from the point of view of a girl whose testimony assured the conviction of Charles Manson.
And also reorder Book 4,War, coming on New Years Day 2020
And don't fail to preorder Book 5, The Holy Grail, coming February 17, 2020, which is a special day to me for reasons I may reveal one of these days.
Should you ask why buy them all now, I would answer: because for now they are only 99 cents each. Later, they might get expensive.
Hickey & McGee are offering the entire set of ten Hickey family crime novels for $40, which actually comes to $51.65 shipped and taxed. Still, ten new signed books -- some in trade paper, some in hardcover -- a whole highly acclaimed series, for $4 or $5 each, is beyond a bargain.
What a spectacular Christmas gift. You could even do like my thrifty friend Alan Russell and read them before you give them. Handle with care and no one will know.
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"You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity." -Thomas Wolfe, novelist
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