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Page history last edited by Daniel "Leibniz" Polokonis 6 years, 4 months ago

Hello! Some of my favorite authors are:


Dante Aligheri

Arthur Conan Doyle

Ian Fleming

Dick Francis

C.S. Lewis

Peter Mayle

J.K. Rowling

William Shakespeare

J.R.R. Tolkien


Currently, I am reading Shakespeare's Tragedies and Dick Francis Novels.

Comments (9)

Brian Jennings said

at 8:41 am on May 2, 2012

Format is totally up to you. Please use the wiki however you feel best serves you. I like your list. Hunger Games seems like a worthy cultural continuation of the Harry Potter phenomenon. I have started several wannabe's like the Twilight series and the Gone series, but, unlike HG they both seem to lack the style and substance of HP. I also like the fact our protagonist in The Hunger Games is female. Looks like I'll have to read the Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo to keep up with everybody and thanks for reminding me to be embarrassed I'm an English teacher who has read the inferno but stopped in hell and never made it to purgatory or heaven. You have given me a nudge to complete the Divine Comedy.

dpolokonis said

at 1:43 pm on May 2, 2012

I was having the Divine Comedy conversation with Troy the other day...We wondered why it is that hell is so much more interesting than salvation. Maybe there is something sadistic there about enjoying others' pain (at least, I think that is how Troy feels)...

Brian Jennings said

at 8:49 am on May 3, 2012

That does seem to be a general consensus I think from literary scholars. The Inferno is often assigned, but I don't the entire comedy being on many critics must read lists. Same things true w/ Milton. Everyone reads Paradise Lost, but no one reads Regained. This always makes me think of George Bernard Shaw who said, to paraphrase, if there were a heaven and hell he'd want to go to hell because that's where all the interesting people would be. It might be a literary thing--where there's bound to be conflict in hell, heaven seems like the absence of conflict. Good for the soul, perhaps, but bad for storytelling which needs conflict. I'm going to dive in to Dante (and maybe Paradise Regained) this summer. Guess I'll find out if I'm a sadist.

dpolokonis said

at 8:25 am on May 7, 2012

I think the difference between an English teacher and a mathematics teacher is evident in your referencing George Bernard Shaw, while I would have referenced Billy Joel's "I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints - the sinners are much more fun." Thanks for the insight!

Brian Jennings said

at 4:53 pm on May 8, 2012

I'm pretty sure Billy Joel is a later reincarnation of Shaw. Have to check my birth and death dates. P.S. How was Paradise at the City Museum?

dpolokonis said

at 9:07 am on May 14, 2012

Paradise was noisier than I expected. I was surprised by how many kids made it too...

Troy Kozak said

at 9:32 am on May 15, 2012

I see you ascended. I may have to join you and Brian in finishing the Divine Comedy over the summer. I think I'm still struggling through Pergatory.

Brian Jennings said

at 2:07 pm on May 17, 2012

So Dante and Sun Tzu I know. What's this Philosophical and Ideological Voices in Education all about?

Daniel "Leibniz" Polokonis said

at 6:43 pm on May 30, 2012

Sorry it took so long to respond...The "Philosophical and Ideological Voices in Education" is a book I am reading for a class, but it is, surprisingly, a nice introduction to philosophies and ideologies of education (who knew?). I may actually have to keep it, unlike most of the books I resell on Amazon. It will be a nice alternative to Wikipedia for looking up a philosophy of education. While I mention it, though, I will say that I am pleased with Wikipedia for the most part. People always knock it for not being a reliable source of information, but I consider myself aware enough to determine if something is purely opinion or propaganda.

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