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By Jack Murnighan

Suppose undesirable approximately now not analyzing or no longer having fun with the so-called nice books? Don’t sweat it, it’s no longer your fault. Did a person let you know that Anna Karenina is a seashore learn, that Dickens is hilarious, that the Iliad’s conflict scenes rival Hollywood’s for gore, or that Joyce is at his most sensible whilst he’s speaking approximately booze, intercourse, or organ meats?

Writer and professor Jack Murnighan says it’s time to offer literature one other glance, yet this time you’ll take pleasure in your self. With a bit aid, you’ll see simply how nice the nice books are: how they could make you snigger, moisten your eyes, flip you on, and go away you awestruck and deeply moved. Beowulf at the Beach is your box guide–erudite, witty, and fun-loving–for assisting you learn and delight in fifty of the largest (and so much skipped) classics of all time. for every publication, Murnighan finds easy methods to get the main from your analyzing and gives a crib sheet that incorporates the thrill, the easiest Line, What’s attractive, and What to pass.

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This difference between sick and dead bodies can be understood to name anatomical medicine’s fundamental therapeutic goal: to keep the sick body from becoming dead. The physician’s unique authority is forged out of this very irreducibility, drawn not from the observation of any particular material body, but constituted by the imputed likeness between a given sick body and an endless series of “standard bodies” that can be asserted only insofar as particular relations of likeness and difference among actual bodies cannot be directly observed.

If a culture holds a premise of spiritual and temporal inequality, if a hierarchy exists that is unquestioned by even its lower-ranking members, as in the Indian caste system before the modern era, there is no incentive to deny the full humanity of underlings in order to treat them as impure or unworthy. If equality is the norm in the spiritual or temporal realm (or in both at the same time), and there are groups of people within this society who are so despised or disparaged that the upholders of the norms feel compelled to make them exceptions to the promise or realization of equality, they can be denied the prospect of equal status only if they allegedly possess some extraordinary deficiency that makes them less than fully human.

But the most extraordinary circumstance of this man’s story, and indeed the only reason of my giving you this trouble is, that he has had six children, all with the same rugged covering as himself. . It appears therefore past all doubt, that a race of people may be propagated by this man, having such rugged coats or coverings as himself: and if this should ever happen, and the accidental original be forgotten, ’tis not improbable they might be deemed a different species of mankind: a consideration, which would almost lead one to imagine, that if mankind were all produced from one and the same stock, the black skins of the negroes, and many other differences of the like kind, might possibly have been originally owing to some such accidental cause.

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