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Online Great Books Podcast

Jan 30, 2020

In this week’s episode, Scott and Karl talk with Michelle Hawkins, music professor and Online Great Book’s member. The trio listen and discuss Beethoven’s Third Symphony and read The Heiligenstadt Testament, a heartbreaking letter written by Beethoven to his brothers. 

Beethoven's Third Symphony is regarded as a...

Jan 23, 2020

We’re switching up our normal routine to answer your Online Great Books questions.

In this episode, Scott and Karl address everything from membership, seminar, accountability, and our mission.

What will reading the books on this list do for you, anyway?

Scott says, “If you read them in earnest and you take them...

Jan 16, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, author unknown. This narrative poem is considered to be one of the jewels of English Literature and a crowning achievement of Middle English poetry.

Filled with chivalric knights, seductive sirens, and plenty of temptation and testing, this Arthurian legend...

Jan 9, 2020

The medium is the… massage?

In 1967, Marshall McLuhan teamed up with graphic designer Quentin Fiore to write The Medium is the Massage, a short 160-page picture book that offers us a glimpse as to how the medium "shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action,” of work and leisure.


Jan 2, 2020

“I would prefer not to.” In their simplicity and politeness, these five words illustrate a story of passive resistance that will both move you and leave you searching for answers. You may have even uttered the line yourself at work.

"Bartleby, the Scrivener, A Story of Wall-Street," was published...