“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 9-12) Chapter 9 Gulliver was there during the council meetings which his master attended & reported to him that they debated the extermination of Yahoos The Case for Extermination: They are filthy,Continue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 5-8) Gulliver realized he made humans look worse than Yahoos. He had become so enamored with the Houyhnhnms in all things that he overemphasized human faults & downplayed its strengths. The master,Continue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms (Ch. 1-4) Gulliver stayed at home for 5 months before leaving his pregnant wife to be a captain of a 350 ton ship. They left Portsmouth for the Canary Islands, where he hiredContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib & Japan (Ch. 7-11) Chapter 7 He was dropped off in Maldonada & went to the island of Luggnagg, east of Japan. The island was in an alliance with Japan & hope to findContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 4-6) Chapter 4 He didn’t feel mistreated but wasn’t sad to leave. They were too absorbed in math & music, & were just generally boring. It was far too abstract &Continue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib and Japan (Ch. 1-3) Chapter 1 He’d only been home for 10 days when the Captain of a previous voyage he’d been on made him an offer for another trip that he couldn’t refuseContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 One day before the dwarf left, Glumdalclitch & Gulliver were out walking under a small apple tree & the little guy shook the branches & apples the size of barrels fell. One ofContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (Ch. 1-4) Chapter 1 After 10 months of boredom, he found another job on a ship to Surat (India) They had smooth sailing until the Cape of Good Hope where they had to disembark because of aContinue Reading

“How Should One Read a Book?” by Virginia Woolf (1925) I can only answer for myself because you really ought not take advice from others. Just follow your instincts, use reason & come up with your own conclusions These are merely suggestions – don’t give up your independence Difficult toContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 Blefuscu was an island across an 800 yard channel from Lilliput They didn’t know about Gulliver. Communication & trade had been cut off since the beginning of the war He came up withContinue Reading

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4) Advertisement Many things in this book have been fudged before publication & the editor’s done its best to clear them up This person who did this did so with the best of intentions, especially withContinue Reading

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830) Swift’s ability as a poet is often overlooked because of his ability to write prose If he had never written “Tale of a Tub” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, he’d still be known as a poet Dry humor, agreeable morality, exquisite tone of irony, touching pathosContinue Reading

“What Is a Classic?” by Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869) It all depends… if someone I trust recommends it to me, I’ll give it a whirl – all my attention & give my honest opinion The English have been writing essays for non-personal opinions – abstract & moral – should beContinue Reading

“A Meditation upon a Broomstick” by Jonathan Swift (1701) The broomstick propped up in the corner was once a tree flowing with life Now everyone who touches it does so out of drudgery Supposed to make other things clean & makes itself dirty in the process It’ll either be thrownContinue Reading

The Iliad by Homer – Book 24 After the games, the men went back to their ships and ate. Achilles returned his thoughts to Patroclus. He cheered himself up by dragging Hector’s body around. Apollo wouldn’t let this disfigure the body. Most the gods hated seeing this. Apollo spoke toContinue Reading

The Iliad by Homer – Book 23 The Greeks got back to their ships. Achilles spoke: Achilles – Let’s pay our respects to Patroclus and then eat He spoke to the body – I’ll do what I promised. I’ll feed Hector to the dogs and kill loads more Trojans HeContinue Reading

The Iliad by Homer – Book 22 Book 22 The Trojans were in the city Apollo let Achilles know he had fooled him to let the Trojans in. Hector was standing at the gate Achilles is pissed off that he’d been fooled but realizes he can’t do anything about AchillesContinue Reading

The Iliad by Homer – Book 21 Achilles chased the Trojans to the river where they split into 2 groups 1 – went back to the city 2 – was pinned against the river where many drowned Achilles attacked and killed so many that the river turned red with theContinue Reading

The Iliad by Homer – Book 20 Jove called a meeting of the Gods All right. I’m not participating in this battle anymore. Do whatever you like. Just a warning Achilles is pissed off and won’t stop until Hector’s dead and he’ll probably destroy Troy. The gods chose sides ForContinue Reading

The Iliad by Homer – Book 19 Thetis brought him the armor at dawn. Thetis – You’ve got to stop crying like that I’ve brought you the best armor ever made. Make good use of it Achilles – I like it. I’ll wear it but I’m afraid the flies willContinue Reading