The Harvard Classics 2.0

A year or two ago I set out to follow the Harvard classics reading guide and make myself a more educated man. To this day I read through a few books and lost my way with the latest Bourdain book, or anything else that came along and caught my attention. Then came Covid and all reading stopped. Remember when everyone thought they would get fit or read that book finally, with the lockdown. Ya, didn’t work for me either.

I returned to the question recently, is the Harvard classics in audiobook form. That five feet of books put into an audio form and an even taller task. Low and behold, it happened. The Harvard classics is a podcast that is recorded in order of the year long reading program, the complimentary book that organizes your daily selection. The program itself is a bit of a lie with the reading selection taking more than 15 minutes a day unless you are a speed reader. The first podcast is 38 minutes but I am happy to see they follow the program.

I found this program on Audible but it is also available through most podcast apps.


Goodbye January, Hello February

January is gone and looking back it was a busy month. Over all I read 39 books, worked out everyday except for 2, and paid about $800 towards the principle on my house. This last week took its toll with the whole household coming down sick with a chest cold. I was the last one to submit to the germs floating around my house. This weekend could have been better, Saturday started out with a light cough and then by Saturday night I felt like pieces of lung where going to start coming up. Sleep was a joke with the little cough coming from the little person in the other room. Blankets made the room too hot or too cold. I’m three days into February and I haven’t done a single workout. Being sick has its advantages though, when was the last time heard of someone gaining weight while they were sick?
At the moment I have six Louis L’Amour books logged into good reads. I own two biographies about the man and I haven’t decided which one I will pick up for the month. I was told by a friend that the stories are dated, especially when it comes to female characters, personally I don’t care. It’s nice to read a tale once in a while that doesn’t try to make up for some social injustice that I didn’t have a part in. the stories are fast paced and I can see how easy it is to lose yourself in the tale as it is being told. L’Amour gives you all that you need to follow along and nothing more. Things are not overly thought out, there isn’t a hidden message to the stories, and one doesn’t have to search for a deeper meaning after reading one of his books. I have heard of these books referred to as “literary trash” but I would have to argue that it is the opposite. Sure, it will never be declared high literature and there is no telling if these books will still be around a hundred years from now, but in their defense, I have to that that they are honest, exactly as described and nothing more. I wish dating was as easy as this when I was in my teens and early twenties. The covers depict what is happening in the story, it isn’t some flashy design to make you question the contents. The titles are blunt. Hell, the only mystery one can find picking these books up off the shelf is the author’s name, something that could be mistaken as French Canadian or from the bayou. I’m three days in and I am not disappointed.