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Saints in Art
Thomas Michael Hartmann, Stefano Zuffi, Rosa Giorgi
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems
Emily Dickinson, Susan Howe
Selected Poems
Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson
Cynthia Griffin Wolff
Lies My Teacher Told Me : Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
James W. Loewen
Gone with the Wind
Margaret Mitchell

Leviathan

Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes, C.B. MacPherson The good news is, Hobbes writes beautifully. The bad news is, I hate reading classical philosophy because when the philosopher says something I disagree with, I want to argue with him and I can't because he's dead.

In this case, Hobbes just defended the idea that if you agree to pay ransom to someone who kidnapped you, you're morally obligated to follow through even if you manage to escape. After all, he argues, you're getting value for your money: you get to live. Oh, *please*.

But because I started it and am almost a quarter of the way through, I *have* to finish. Hope he doesn't tick me off this much again.

--July 7: Three-quarters of the way through. Sheesh.

--August 1: Done! Done, I say! And here is a lovely quote:

"Though I reverence those men of Ancient time, that either have written Truth perspicuously, or set us in a better way to find it out our selves; yet to the Antiquity itself I think nothing due: For if we will reverence the Age, the Present is the Oldest."