We are a liberal arts school, but we embrace contemporary literature that leads our students to the good, the true, and the beautiful. Not all of it does, though. And, even those moderns that are positively formational often do so by leaning, in some way, on the older great authors of the older great books. To fully appreciate the new, you must be familiar with the old.
Contrary to the notion that we are hiding our students from contemporary literature, we are, instead, curating a selection of books–old and new–that enriches their humanity. How do we pick our moderns? Why do we still favor the classics? Listen in to learn why from a man with over 30 years of experience teaching at The Heights.
Resources Mentioned in Podcast:
Old School, Tobias Wolff
ABC’s of Reading, Ezra Pound
The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway
Peace, Richard Bausch
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Big Two-Hearted River, Ernest Hemingway
1970 Nobel Acceptance Speech, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Introduction to Athanasius’ On The Incarnation, C.S. Lewis
The Intellectual Life, A.G. Sertillanges
Deep Work, Cal Newport
What Was Before, Martin Mosebach