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Friday, January 12, 2007

Kidder & Oppenheim: The Intellectual Devotional (Rating: 10 out of 10)

I used a gift card I got for Christmas to purchase The Intellectual Devotional: Revive Your Mind, Complete Your Education, and Roam Confidently with the Cultured Class, by David Kidder and Noah D. Oppenheim. This little book has one year's worth of daily readings taken from seven different fields of knowledge (history, music, visual arts, religion, literature, science, and philosophy).

 I love this book!

So far I've read about:

  • The Alphabet (history)
  • Ulysses (literature)
  • Lascaux Cave Paintings (visual arts)
  • Cloning (science)
  • The Basics (music)
  • Appearance and Reality (philosophy)
  • Torah (religion)
  • Hammurabi's Code of Laws (history)
  • Ernest Hemingway (literature)
  • Bust of Nefertiti (visual arts)
  • Eratosthenes (science)
  • Melody (music)

I've come to the conclusion—after reading yesterday's entry—that my nickname quite possibly ought to be Beta, or at least that is what might have been if I'd have lived in Greece at the time of Eratosthenes. Like Eratosthenes, I have so many interests, many would consider me to be a dabbler. Or, to use what was one my father's favorite phrases, I am a jack of all trades, master of none.

I see, after the final entry for the year, that we'll be seeing "The Intellectual Devotional, Volume II" (at the end of this year, I'd guess).

Translation: I've started working on next year's Christmas Wish List!

Oh, and there is a companion web site for the book, including a blog, a forum, and other fun stuff.