Sunday, October 14, 2012

The wisdom of Mortimer Adler

"In the case of good books,
    the point is not how many of them you can get through,
        but rather how many can get through to you."
Mortimer Jerome Adler (1902-2001)
Philosopher, educator, author

Of course. Keep reading.

And by the way, my Great Books list is a work in progress…….I don't know if a book is on my list until after I've read it, here are a couple that come to mind right now, no particular order:

Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

A Distant Mirror (Barbara Tuchman)

1491 (Charles Mann)

The Andromeda Strain (Michael Crichton)

Grooming, Gossip and Language (Robin Dunbar)

The Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell)

She (H. Rider Haggard)

The Literary Life (Larry McMurtry)

The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Pierre-Ambroise-Francois Choderlos de Laclos)

The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

The Blank Slate (Steven Pinker)

Mila 18 (Leon Uris)

Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution (Stuart Kauffman)

1 comment:

  1. We are a not-for-profit educational organization, founded by Mortimer Adler and we have recently made an exciting discovery--three years after writing the wonderfully expanded third edition of How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren made a series of thirteen 14-minute videos--lively discussing the art of reading. The videos were produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica. For reasons unknown, sometime after their original publication, these videos were lost.

    Three hours with Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren, lively discussing the art of reading, on one DVD. A must for libraries and classroom teaching the art of reading.

    I cannot exaggerate how instructive these programs are--we are so sure that you will agree, if you are not completely satisfied, we will refund your donation.

    Please go here to see a clip and learn more:

    ISBN: 978-1-61535-311-8

    Thank you,

    Max Weismann