Reading List for the New Semester

Unit One: Endings and Beginnings

Eddison, E.R. The Worm Ouroboros

Chesterton, G.K. The Man Who Was Thursday

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel One Hundred Years of Solitude

Cordovero, Moses. Introduction to Kabbalah: An Annotated Translation of His or Ne’Erav

Unit Two: Anagnorisis and Priority

Dodgson, C.L. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

Moore, Alan Miracleman

Hofstadter, Douglas Godel, Escher Bach

Unit Three: Quest and Identity

Sophocles, Oedipus The King

Attar The Conference of the Birds

Crowley, John Little, Big

Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of EarthSea

Parfit, Derek Reasons and Persons


Grading: Anyone who attends the course will receive an A.

Anyone who attends the course and does the reading will receive an A+.

Anyone who attends the course, does the reading, and understands it will receive an A+ and their choice of a vintage 1976 matchbox racing car or a dolly.

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 pm, in the back of the halvah section of Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue next to the glass  jar full of golden raisins.

Teaching Assistants: An owl, a can, a spoonful of pepper.

Note: Lateness will not be tolerated! ELK


3 thoughts on “Reading List for the New Semester

  1. I’m so embarrassed. I’ve only read three of them (Looking Glass, Gödel…, and Oedipus), and I did not know what anagnorisis is. I could have read The Worm Ourobouros – it was hot in high school in the early 70s – but got bored two pages in. *sigh*
    So much work to do, so little time left…

      • pbasch says:

        Wonderful way to look at it. I’ve just restarted The Worm Ourobouros after 47 years. A little surprised at how similar the beginning is to Alice in Wonderland… reading book in English countryside, falls asleep, and so on…

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