The Intellectual Devotional
David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppenheim
Rodale, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
his beautifully bound volume comes with a built-in bookmark and offers '
365 Daily Lessons from the Seven Fields of Knowledge
', that is to say (from Monday to Sunday in order):
. Black and white photos and other images are scattered throughout.
he authors suggest to us that '
These readings offer the kind of regular exercise the brain requires to stay fresh, especially as we age. They represent an escape from the day-to-day grind into the rarefied realm of human wisdom. And, they will open new horizons of intellectual discovery.
' Topics begin with
on a Monday, and end with
on a Sunday.
s I flipped through pages, I was intrigued by entries on Hagia Sophia (which I visited in Istanbul); Antonio Vivaldi (love his music!); the Milgram Studies that show the shocking manipulability of conscience; Japanese artist Hokusai; sculptor Auguste Rodin; Langston Hughes's poem
I, Too, Sing America
; and an explanation of a Black Hole.
he Intellectual Devotional
makes a lovely gift (I'm giving mine to my pre-university son), or a volume to keep at your own bedside for a daily reading and mental enrichment.
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