Friday, December 31, 2010

Reading Log (or I wish I were sleeping like a...)

Just for the sake of my own records, here’s what I’ve read recently:

  • Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia, Chapter I, (unfinished)
  • Samuel Johnson, “The Life of Sir Thomas Browne”
  • C.S. Lewis, The Discarded Image, Chapter I, “The Medieval Situation,” (unfinished)
  • C.S. Lewis, A Preface To Paradise Lost, Chapters I–VI
    • I. Epic Poetry
    • II. Is Criticism Possible?
    • III. Primary Epic
    • IV. The Technique of Primary Epic
    • V. The Subject of Primary Epic
    • VI. The Style of Secondary Epic
  • C.S. Lewis, Reflections On The Psalms, Chapter III, “The Cursings”
  • John Milton, Paradise Lost, Books IV-V, (unfinished)
  • Miguel de Unamuno, Our Lord Don Quixote: The Life of Don Quixote and Sancho with Related Essays, “Glosses on Don Quixote

Unfortunately I’m exhausted and can’t be troubled to wake my brain up enough to retrace my reading in this blog. I know this will come as a shocking blow to my legions of impatient adherents. So sorry. You may flog me lightly.


  1. We both simultaneously seized upon quoting the Reverend Whitefoot's reminiscences on Browne!

    'He was excellent company when he was at leisure,, and expressed more light than heat in the temper of his brain'.

    It's a curiously psychological trait to have ' a natural habitual blush..increased upon the least occasion, and oft discovered without any observable cause'.

    All the best with your new employment.

  2. Yeah, that bit stood out for me, too. I haven't read much this weekend. Fighting off the 3rd round of the creeping cruds which my family seems to be batting around like a beach ball.


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