Monday, July 8, 2013

Great books Part 2

Here is part 2 of a previous post about Great Literature.
I got a kick out of the author's opinion:
" Quite possibly these suggested lists may not please teachers who merely accept whatever they happen to find in anthologies, nor yet teachers who attempt to convert courses in literature into courses in current social problems. Certainly they will not please teachers who find thinking painful. I have a simple test of teacher-competence, which any instructor in high-school literature might do well to apply to himself. It is this: can you understand, and explain to a class, two very direct and memorable poems—Kipling’s The Gods of the Copybook Headings and Chesterton’s The Ballad of the White Horse? If you cannot, you have chosen the wrong vocation."

I survived the first trip on the new V-Strom. The bike performed
perfectly. The weather, well, sucked. 96 degrees all day with
strong winds. But no problem for the bike. I got 42 MPG on the
trip west, with 30 MPH headwind; 58 MPG on the trip back,
with slight tailwind. All this at 70 MPH. Not too shabby!

Found a beautiful sight on the way home yesterday. In the little
town of Holstein, Iowa they had erected hundreds of flags along
the frontage road. Just had to stop and snap a picture!


  1. The Gods of the Copybook Headings -- you're the second person I've heard mention it. Did you learn it in school?

  2. No, just heard about it in the article. School didn't teach much in the way of great books. Like today, they pretty much assume kids aren't intelligent enough for anything beyond comic books. I'm just now discovering what I missed.