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  1. David J Cheramie

    1. The Bible
    2. The Tao Te Ching
    3. The Brothers Karamazov
    4. The Color Purple
    5. One Hundred Years of Solitude
    6. Madame Bovary
    7. Meditations
    8. Moby Dick
    9. The Origins of Totalitarianism
    10. Brave New World

    • Bookscrounger

      These are good ideas. I struggle over the value of a cannon all the time. To be able to converse, there needs to be a background of mutually understood ideas. But innovation cannot occur if there is an authority dictating what knowledge looks like. So each person has to be able to decide for herself what works are most important. At the same time, as the edges of knowledge become more frayed, and as the corpus of knowledge becomes too much for anyone to even grasp in summary, we each retreat into smaller specializations, each which requires its own cannon.

      I cannot see an easy way to reconcile all of this.

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