Defining the Phenomenon
– Robin Williams and the English Romantics
– Personal fulfillment
– Raging against the machine with Glee
– How does one make life extraordinary, anyway?
– “Let your freak flag fly”: carpe diem gets crass
Hebrews and Greeks: A New Kind of Lazy Dichotomy
– Horace coins the terms
– How we all got Epicurus wrong
– Moderate partying, CHARLIE SHEEN
– Lack of ambition in Epicurean circles
– The Hebraic conflation
– Misreading Ecclesiastes
– The range of reactions in the canon
Is Christ a Hippie?
– We’re not supposed to worry about tomorrow, man
– The cultural difference
– A matter of faith
– Paul’s nod toward Epicurus
Let’s Talk Literature!
– Church of England priests get nasty
– Material reasons for carpe diem
– King Edwin regrets
– Drinking with Medieval Robin Williams
– Seizing the university life
– Privileged and petulant
– Libertarians and Stoics
Mad Dog Gilmour Breaks the Chain
– Why you can’t live every day like you’re dying
– Responsibility matters
– The lesson of J. Alfred Prufrock
– Theological context is important
– Existentialism! Existentialism! Existentialism!
Bede. Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Trans. Leo Sherley-Price. New York: Penguin, 1991.
Epicurus. Letters, Principal Doctrines, and Vatican Sayings. Trans. Russel M. Geer. New York: Macmillan, 1964.
Herrick, Robert. The Poetical Works of Robert Herrick. Ed. F.W. Moorman. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell UP, 2009.
Horace. The Complete Odes and Epodes: With the Centennial Hymn. Trans. W.G. Shepherd. New York: Penguin, 1983.
Marvell, Andrew. The Complete Poems. Ed. Elizabeth Story Donno. New York: Penguin, 2005.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Boston: Beacon, 2004.