Compelling Reads

   Right on the heels of Banned Books Week last week, is Great Books Week, going on right now. It’s an annual observance during the first full week in October celebrating excellence in literary works.

  The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors hosts a weeklong blog challenge at their web site Great Books Week. From Monday through Friday a fresh topic is presented for comments, not only about literary classics, but also about lesser known titles that impacted one’s life. It’s a fun, yet insightful approach in exploring what makes some books really “stick to the ribs” of one’s mind and heart, while others just don’t have that staying power.

         great-books-week2010med According to renowned philosopher/educator Mortimer J. Adler [1902-2001], great books were not only seemingly dusty, out-of-touch  tomes written in the past ages. As co-founder of the Great Books Foundation in 1954, he penned a fitting response some years later when asked “Why Should We Read Great Books?”  One point he made was: “The ancient poets speak across the centuries sometimes more directly and vividly than our contemporary writers.” Read the rest of this thought-provoking answer by following this link: http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/adler/adler.html 

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About got2care

A Midwest, big-city Cultural Creative feminist, who believes that caring and creativity go together. Interests in my blogs can include: the green lifestyle, writing, educational reform, literary topics, and being creative.
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2 Responses to Compelling Reads

  1. What a great article by Mortimer Adler– thanks for linking it to it. And I’m glad you’re sharing the word about Great Books Week! Enjoy….

    • got2care says:

      So glad you enjoyed it….one cannot over-emphasize the need to recognize, and enjoy excellent literature. Keep coming back, and thanks!

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