Worldly Wisdom Blog

This blog welcomes the intellectually curious and imaginatively adventurous. It derives in part from the book Worldly Wisdom: Great Books and the Meanings of Life but goes beyond the purposes of that book. It explores the meanings of life in classic writings not represented in Worldly Wisdom and also includes occasional reflections on culture and politics, along with tales of travel, fiction and non-fiction.

TANGO

My bottle of cheap vino tinto cast a wispy, ragged shadow over graffiti scratched into my tiny wooden table at the Cafe Dorengo deep within the old San Telmo section of Buenos Aires. Shelves of empty, dust-covered wine bottles lined the neglected walls. Unwashed...

Hadrian’s Moon

James Sloan Allen I woke up smiling. It had happened again. How many times? Over how many years? It had started on an early trip to Rome with my husband, George. The morning had come early that day. And the night had run late, carried along by convivial voices...