Reading Shakespeare: part II

Since I last posted I've received a bunch of messages and comments from people interested in my reading through Bloom's Western Canon, specifically my upcoming read of Shakespeare. A few interested in reading along. Originally I was going to update sporadically but due to the interest, I'm going to blog the entire thing. Hopefully putting …

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Reading Shakespeare: part I

Last week I outlined my goal to read through The Western Canon, focusing on the twenty-six writers Bloom considers key to understanding Western Literature. Shakespeare is the first, considered by many to be the greatest writer of all time, and propped up by Bloom as the pinnacle of The Western Canon. I decided to read …

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The Western Canon

Canon, defined as a collection or list of sacred books accepted as genuine. Reading has always been an essential part of my life. Some of my earliest memories are of my grandmother reading. My maternal grandparents had an impressive book collection made up of classic literature, poetry, and histories. They loved books and would always give …

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Some Changes

I spent most of the day redesigning the blog and integrating it with the rest of my online presence. The old look was haphazard and did not really portray how I want my ideas and writing to come across. The new and improved Barbarian Book Club is much better organized. Using the category tags all …

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Barbarian Book Club: 25 July 2017

July turned out to be a month of minimal reading and writing. I only read one book worth mentioning here and my fiction writing was almost non-existent. Reading time was spent on physical fitness books and philosophy centered on masculinity, finance, and lifestyle. In the near future, I'm going to write about my workout regimen …

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A Nice Surprise

Yesterday I told you guys the disappointing story of my long lost copy of Labyrinth, its two month trip back and forth across the Pacific ocean, and my final decision to move on. Well it made it. So now I have Combat Commander and Labyrinth. I'm going to keep them both of course but need …

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Backpain & Bandicoots

I hope everyone had a fantastic Independence Day filled with BBQ, fireworks, and motivated displays of gratuitous patriotism. Being out here in the land of the rising sun I celebrated America’s independence ahead of most of you by going to the beach and taking a bunch of naps. The wife and I spent a lot …

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Review of Storyhack #0

Storyhack, issue zero On the Fourth of July, I feel it’s my patriotic duty to write another Four Apes intro story: Traffic around the Department of Agriculture headquarters in Washington DC slows to a crawl, as drivers gawk at the Eight Apes on the sidewalk outside. Samantha looks into my eyes. “We don’t have to …

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The Rainy Season

Tsuyu, the Japanese summer rain is here. Warm downpours that happen throughout the day until the end of July. Coming here from dry Southern California is a serious change of pace. Growing up we got our annual week of rain and considered anything over that a Storm of the Century.  This week was unproductive on the …

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