Monday, February 9, 2009
What is a great book? Well, what do you want to read about? What are you’re interests? What style of writing do you like? Are you looking for form or content? Great books should be left up to the reader to decide whether or not they are “great “ or not. Suggestions always help but that does not mean that the two readers will agree. Carrying the title of a “Great Book” is completely based on ones opinion. Just because a scholar enjoys a book does not mean that everyone else will. Even other scholars will disagree. In the article what was published in the newspaper that we read in class the writer believed that great books are those that have lived on throughout time such as Shakespeare, for one example. On the other hand he was not open minded to other writers what the course was covering. This is a liberal arts college. What do we pride our selves on so much here? The ability to be well rounded in every area of academia. Why can’t this writer keep his mind open to newer writers. This way he will be able to expand his views sense they are so closed. Also, if these are great books and authors that are popular and everyone has read, why would you want to reread it and discuss thoughts and themes that I’m sure have been brought up in another class. He should what to expand his book collection and discuss new book and others where there are going to be new and different themes that might open his eyes to the world. Going over information and texts that professors already have vast amount of knowledge on is helpful in some ways but its so much more fun to watch them learn as we , the students, learn along side of them. This way you can get a first hand view of how to read critically.