My apologies that I didn’t blog more on political philosophy this month – I didn’t really read that much offline, just Plato’s Charmides (and a dense commentary on that by Benardete) and a reread of Xenophon’s On Tyranny (finishing up the commentary by Strauss right now). I also think I completed a reread of the Oeconomicus and Xenophon’s Socratic Discourse, but yeah – I’m not real happy with the amount of reading I did this month (I think the quality and the note-taking was fine). I am happy with some of the dissertation edits.
Anyway, I did read a lot of poetry this month, and brought four poems in particular up on the blog:
- Robert Bly, “Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter”
- Nomi Stone, “Why I Came”
- Emily Dickinson, “Expectation – is Contentment”
- Amy King, “Ivywall of Sparrows”
I also reviewed some of Thomas Jefferson’s writings, and put forth some speculation:
- Thomas Jefferson to William Ludlow: Monticello, Sept. 6, 1824
- Jefferson’s Epitaph, Education, and the Enlightenment Republic
And there was much written in a more practical vein about politics:
- A Quick Guide to Right-Wing Extremism on the Web
- Yet Again – Under No Circumstances Should Jon Corzine Be Elected Governor of NJ
- On Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”
I don’t think this was the greatest month in terms of my personal reading, but I can’t say I’m displeased with the writing. The future only promises to be that much brighter.