The Iliad, by Homer

So I just read Homer's Iliad, as translated by Robert Fagles. Interesting read... took me a while though. Mostly because I put it down for a few months four hundred pages in. Only picked it back up again because taking my bookmark out of it would be admitting defeat, then found out I'd stopped right … Continue reading The Iliad, by Homer

“Karate-Do: My Way of Life” by Gichin Funakoshi

I'm not usually a biography guy, especially autobiographies - the latter in particular usually strikes me as an exercise in narcissism - but in this case, I think the format was perfect for the intended message. What is that message? Exactly what the title says: that karate is not just a fighting style, but a … Continue reading “Karate-Do: My Way of Life” by Gichin Funakoshi

“SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome” by Mary Beard

Before we get started, a little housekeeping: I currently am going through some major life changes that I don't feel particularly inclined to divulge details about on the internet, so trying to maintain a weekly blog on a tight schedule is not very practical. Instead, I'll be updating the blog whenever I happen to finish … Continue reading “SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome” by Mary Beard