Taoism, Europe in 486, Mo-Fo, Russell Kirk
Taoism: The laid back outlook of Lao-Tse and Chuang-Tzu. Lisieux-like. A very short introduction.
Bogus Historical Atlas: A run-down of a bogus map of Europe circa 486. I wish I could find my copy of that book. It might have been a Rand McNally historical atlas. No matter. None of those “kingdoms” considered themselves kingdoms in 486. Burgundy, Franks, Visigoths: They were all controlled by barbarian generals who considered themselves part of the Roman Empire.
Lightning Segments: Henri Pirenne (introductory lecture), a lost weekend, funny old man stories. (Note: I reference Charles Jackson’s Lost Weekend. but I referred to Charles “Bukowski” by accident. Bukowski was a great drinker, so my mistake is understandable, but a mistake nonetheless.)
The F-Word: Okay to use? No. Part of our culture? Yes. So it will sneak into otherwise polite, even urbane, conversation.
Russell Kirk: I talked with the great man once. I spent a weekend at his house once. I recount the incidents in this segment.
Charles Jackson, The Lost Weekend
Russell Kirk, The Conservative Mind
Russell Kirk, Enemies of the Permanent Things
Russell Kirk, The Sword of Imagination
Russell Kirk, Lord of the Hollow Dark
C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
Eric Voegelin, Order and History
Eric Scheske, “The Conservative Convert”
The Theodore Dalrymple essay about the “f word” that I referenced is apparently in one of his books. I can’t find it online, though there are significant excerpts here.
Theme song: Skinnin’ Lynyrd by Greg Scheske, a bespoke expert. Email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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