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Week 16: An abyss of godforsaken folly

"Only the dead have seen the end to war." George Santayana wrote this in 1922. He was responding to the idea, popular at the time, that the First World War was the war to end all wars. It was the Great War for Civilization. The war that would be over by Christmas. It wasn't any [...]

By | 2017-09-26T07:37:57+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments

Week 13: The revenge of the unlived life

Why is it so difficult to like Robertson Davies? I mean like him, as opposed to appreciating his writing, which is exceptional, his insights, which are often brilliant, and his ability to sum up a situation or individual in a few well-chosen words. When it comes to original, memorable epigrams, Davies is right up there [...]

By | 2017-09-05T19:26:14+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|4 Comments