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Brett McCracken Dec 19, 2014

It may sound lofty and pretentious to describe food as worship. But all I know is that when I took my first bite of chicory rubbed filet mignon in bordelaise sauce on a Sunday afternoon in 2010, it felt like tasting a little bit of heaven. It felt like the pleasure of God.

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Brian Phillips Dec 18, 2014

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was the greatest writer of the Victorian era and one of history’s most influential English authors.  Prolific in his output, Dickens penned such enduring works as Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Little Dorrit, Hard Times, Bleak House, The Pickwick Papers, and more.

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Martin Cothran Dec 17, 2014

About a year ago, Universal Pictures released the movie "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. I saw it on television last night.

It was about a man and a woman (Cruise and Andrea Riseborough) on a space station orbiting a post-apocalyptic earth who are charged with the maintenance of drones which protect a number of orbiting installations which are mining precious resources from the earth, primarily water, for the human encampment now situated on one of Jupiter's moons.

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Jennifer Dow Dec 15, 2014

Last night I was feeling discouraged as a teacher and a parent, which usually means I need to direct my thinking to something good and true. So I checked to see what audio lectures were streaming on the CiRCE page. I was excited to find the first lecture from the Further Up & Further In - An Exploration of the Classical Quadrivium event. I began to listen to it and took in what I heard.  Andrew was discussing the mathematical arts.

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Devin O'Donnell Dec 15, 2014

In his dissertation, The Classical Trivium, Marshal MacLuhan notes, “From the time of neo-platonists and Augustine to Bonaventura and to Francis Bacon, the world was viewed as a book, the lost language of which was analogous to that of human speech” (7). In De Doctrina Christiana, for instance, St. Augustine notes, “There are things and signs,” and that the most obvious expression of such a phenomenon is language and letters.

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Andrew Kern Dec 12, 2014

I have hardly been able to write blogs for the past few months because of how busy we've been here at CiRCE and one of the things that has been consuming my mind and energy is this update to LTW. 

Over the last day or two I've both drawn back to look at the whole project and drilled deep on some details. I have to tell you, self-serving as it might sound, this improvement is amazing. Leah Lutz has been in charge of the project and we might have to pay a lot for the monument over her tomb when she finally can't take it any more, but it will be worth every penny. 

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CiRCE Staff Dec 10, 2014

The day is near. The excitement is building. The retooled, redesigned, reinforced 5th edition of the Lost Tools of Writing will soon be here! What, you thought I was talking about Christmas?

To celebrate the forthcoming launch of this new edition we're hosting our first ever LTW Photography Contest (we trademarked that name so don't steal it!). 

Here's how it works: 

Joshua Gibbs Dec 9, 2014

The question of the “actual date” of Christ’s birth is often raised as a thing to shout slogans about on Facebook come Nativity season and classically educated Christians really should have something to say about the matter which rises above the lucidity and erudition of, say, the meme.

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Joshua Gibbs Dec 8, 2014

A good portion of The Song of Roland is devoted to describing the brutal, awful destruction of the human body. This violence is bookended by court scenes— the first are set in the Muslim stronghold of Saragossa and the last are set at the trial of Ganelon in Aix, Charles’ capital. Given the reputation of the book, many students are apt to rush through the opening to arrive at the action, though the real guts of the book come at the beginning.

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Devin O'Donnell Dec 6, 2014

Yes; in spite of the contrasts that are as conspicuous and even comic as the comparison between the fat man and the thin man, the tall man and the short: in spite of the contrast between the vagabond and the student, between the apprentice and the aristocrat, between the book-hater and the book-lover, between the wildest of all missionaries and the mildest of all professors, the great fact of medieval history is that these two great men were doing the same great work; one in the study and the other in the street.

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