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The World of Our Great-Grandmothers

Posted in art, feminism, history, politics, racism, sexism with tags , , on 27 February 2012 10:45 pm by Alice

Or Great-Great-Grandmothers, as the case may be.

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Odds and Ends

Posted in art, economics, history, literature, religion with tags , , on 2 September 2011 7:54 am by Alice

I started school this week, it came on too quickly! This semester I am taking four classes: Economics of Women, Intro to Econometrics, World Religions, and Psych 101. They all look fairly interesting, though Econometrics is going to be quite challenging for me personally. I didn’t do all that well in Statistics, and it also uses some calculus, which I’ve only had a brief overview of.

I also finished The Shock of the New, which was fantastic, on a par with The Story of Art, and I highly recommend it. Additionally, I read Dance With Dragons with Mr. Alice in the last couple weeks, which I will not highly recommend, but merely point you to PZ Myer’s review, which is almost exactly how I felt about it.

In other news, my university made the country’s top 20 gay-friendliest schools, which I am pleased about.

98, 97

Posted in art, history, literature with tags , , on 25 July 2011 10:35 am by Alice

I’ve finished two more for my quest, Eminent Victorians and Ways Of Seeing.
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The Story of Art

Posted in art, history, literature with tags , , on 20 July 2011 12:53 am by Alice

E. H. Gombrich was a naturalized British citizen, highly educated and spent his formative years surrounded by artists of all sorts.

The Story of Art was originally meant to be an introductory book to art for high school students, and so its written from the point of view that we, the readers, know nothing about art. (Which in my case, much to the chagrin of my Greco-Roman Art prof, is sadly all too true.)
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1 down, 99 to go

Posted in art, history, literature with tags , , on 7 July 2011 11:07 am by Alice

Starting on my journey through the 100 greatest non-fiction books, I chose Lives of the Artists by Vasari. (Mostly because it was the first one that my local library had in stock, along with being on the Gutenberg site.)

To my surprise, I enjoyed it. There’s so much personality in this book. I expected a dry accounting similar to the way people are presented in modern history books, but the voice of the author is quite strong.
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