Guest Blog

Discussing “Our Mutual Friend” with Classical Pursuits

Discussing “Our Mutual Friend” with Classical Pursuits

[Editor’s note: This post by longtime Classical Pursuits leader Nancy Carr was originally published on the Great Books Foundation website. Thanks to Nancy and the GBF for letting us post it here.] Last month I spent fifteen hours, spread over five days, leading a group of thirteen people discussing a […]

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Cuba Photo Contest Winners

Cuba Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to Victor Levin and Pat Yates, winners of our photo contest for the Travel Pursuit Literary Cuba: What Now? What Next? A Country in Transition. Cuba offered no end of vibrant and interesting scenes to photograph. George Stevens, founder of the American Film Institute, says that “Cuba incorporates the […]

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Splendid Isolation: The Allure of Iceland

Splendid Isolation: The Allure of Iceland

A guest post by Mark Cwik A friend recently asked me to name three things that keep drawing me back to Iceland. The first two were easy and have remained the same through each trip I’ve made. First is the place itself, its wild beauty—mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, hot […]

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Strength in What Remains Behind

Strength in What Remains Behind

A guest post by Sean Forester I hope you enjoy my painting of San Giorgio Maggiore at dawn. Those of you who travelled to Venice with Tom Jones and Ann experienced the calm grandeur of this vista. As I reflect on the scene, I can almost hear Mahler’s Adaggietto from his […]

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Toronto Pursuits Leader Nella Cotrupi

GETTING TO KNOW YOU—Toronto Pursuits Leader Nella Cotrupi

Nella Cotrupi is a lawyer and educator whose work has focused on the social and ethical engagements of literature. She has led many seminars at Toronto Pursuits and Travel Pursuits to Sicily and Trieste/Croatia. This July, she is leading Migration and Metamorphosis in Nabokov’s Pnin and Hill’s The Book of […]

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Savoir-Faire in the First Chapter of The Ambassadors

Savoir-Faire in the First Chapter of The Ambassadors

A guest blog post by Jonathan Rowan   She waited for him in the garden . . . drawing on a pair of singularly fresh soft and elastic light gloves and presenting herself with a superficial readiness which, as he approached her over the small smooth lawn and in the […]

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The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

The Mythic and Intimate in the American West

A guest blog post by Mark Cwik I’ve been reading quite a bit in the last few months about the frontier and the American West, and I’m struck by how deep, pervasive and suggestive the idea of the West is for us in North America. It is almost impossible to […]

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Exile and Identity in Pnin and The Book of Negroes

Exile and Identity in Pnin and The Book of Negroes

A guest post by Nella Cotrupi The themes of human displacement and migration dominate our media today. The dramatic photos and headlines, like the ravaged lives they depict, are inescapable. In Canada, many community groups have sprouted up to focus on providing support and, in many cases, legal sponsorship to […]

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Ancient Greece, a World of Colour and Beauty

Ancient Greece, a World of Colour and Beauty

A guest blog post by Zoë Eisenman [Editor’s note: Zoë will be leading The Fall of the House of Oedipus at our summer seminar program, Toronto Pursuits. Join Zoë in Toronto to take a fresh look at one of the most famous families in the history of literature. Why do […]

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GUEST BLOG—Death in Venice: What Price Metamorphosis? by Tom Jones

GUEST BLOG—Death in Venice: What Price Metamorphosis? by Tom Jones

  We have lingered in the chambers of the sea By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown Till human voices wake us, and we drown. – T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”   What is the nature of art and the artist? Is art to be […]

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