Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.

Burk Comments on Being Mortal

Our East Coast Member, Burk Ketcham, sent the following commentary to me as an email attachment and I am glad to post it for him. Ron ——————————————————————————– This is a book written by a doctor, selected by a doctor for … Continue reading

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Steppenwolf Reflections Part III – Kierkegaard’s Existential Philosophy

  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf, first published in Germain in 1927, first English language version published in 1929. All page numbers and quotes in this essay come from the Picador Modern Classics Kindle Edition, translated by Basil Creighton.   Adam Kirsch, … Continue reading

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Steppenwolf Reflections Part II – Jungian Psychology

  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf, first published in Germain in 1927, first English language version published in 1929. All page numbers and quotes in this essay come from the Picador Modern Classics Kindle Edition, translated by Basil Creighton. The novel Steppenwolf … Continue reading

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Being Mortal

At our meeting in June we will discuss a book suggested by Sid Whaley, Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, 282 pp. Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt & Company, 2014. Multiple copies in various formats are available … Continue reading

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Steppenwolf Reflections Part I — Individuals and Societies

  Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf, first published in Germain in 1927, first English language version published in 1929. All page numbers and quotes in this essay come from the Picador Modern Classics Kindle Edition, translated by Basil Creighton. The Hermann Hesse … Continue reading

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Burk Reacts to Steppenwolf

—————————————————————————————————————————————- NOTE — Our East Coast Member Burk Ketcham sent the following comments about Steppenwolf via email and I am posting them here on his behalf. STEPPENWOLF By Burk Ketcham – May 2020 I hope to be able to join … Continue reading

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Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf

At our next meeting we will discuss a selection suggested by Stirling Smith: Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf, first published in Germain in 1927, first English language version published in 1929. We are no longer meeting in person during this COVID-19 Pandemic, … Continue reading

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The Big Goodbye by Sam Wassan

Our April discussion book was suggested by Neil Bergeson: Sam Wassan, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood, Flatiron Books, 2020.

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Bill Hagens provides the following information about online resources that might be useful as we prepare for our discussion of Doctor Faustus

(available editions): Mann, Thomas, trans. Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter.  Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn, as Told by a Friend.   New York:  Knopf (1948) Mann, Thomas, trans. John E. Woods. Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German … Continue reading

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Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus

At our March, 2020 meeting we will discuss Thomas Mann’s  Dr. Faustus, selected by Bill Hagens. Bill provides the following information about his selection: ——————————————————————————————————————— Available editions: Mann, Thomas, trans. Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter.  Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German … Continue reading

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