Kerry K. Kuehn

September 2017

Whiskey Rebellion: Orwell's 1984

Last month at the meeting of the Whiskey Rebellion, we discussed Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. In keeping with our dystopian them: this Saturday evening we will be discussing George Orwell's classic novel 1984, (which was written in 1949). We will meet at the Kuehn home at 8pm.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 29

This week at our little liberal arts reading group (LARGe), we will be looking at the first story of Salman Rushdie's 1991 fantasy novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which is called The Shah of Blah. Let's plan to meet at the (soon to be erstwhile) Kuehn home at the usual time: 4pm.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 22

This week, we will plan to look at the chapter entitled The Iguana from Isak Denesin's 1938 novel Out of Africa. Let us plan to meet at the Palmer home at 4pm on Friday.

Looking ahead to next week: we will plan to begin Salman Rushdie's 1991 fantasy novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 15

This week, lets turn to his essay entitled The Illusion of `Ordinary Life'. Here, Rene Guenon continues his critique of the 'profane' point of view adopted by modern western man. In particular, he claims that in normal (i.e. traditional) civilizations the `sacred' plays an integral part. But in deviant (e.g. modern western) civilizations, there exists the notion of

'ordinary 'life' or 'everyday life'; this is in fact understood to mean above all a life in which nothing that is not purely human can intervene in any way, owing to the elimination from it of any sacred, ritual, or symbolical character… Read More…

Chapel talk: God is changeless

Here is a livestream video of the chapel talk I gave at Wisconsin Lutheran College on Sept. 7, 2017. The talk itself begins at about 5;50; the rest of the video includes other parts of the liturgy. You will probably need adobe flash player to view the video.

Liberal Arts Reading Group--Sept. 8

This week at our liberal arts reading group (LARGe), we will continue looking at Rene Guenon's The Reign of Quantity and the Sign of the Times. Originally written in French in 1945, Guenon's book criticizes modern western culture from the perspective of ``changeless metaphysical principles". This week, we will look at Chapter 8, which compares "Ancient Crafts and Modern Industry". Read More…