We’re all a little stupid, but there’s hope: 10 books for the ...


We’re all a little stupid, but there’s hope: 10 books for the holidays

From history in Technicolor to a dystopian wake-up call, 10 literary picks for the holidays (and beyond)

David Gorin

1. A summer for self-mastery

We’ve had to be resilient this year, in ways many of us could never have imagined. And patient, considerate, diligent. What better time to properly understand the origins of Stoicism, how the philosophy still resonates 2,000 years later, and is so appropriate to our situation?

Lives of the Stoics (Profile Books, 2020) is a fascinating slant on the history of late antiquity. It focuses on the rise of Stoicism as a school of thought and way of life, and the influence of 26 Stoic thinkers upon ancient Greece and Rome, including the Phoenician merchant Zeno, Stoicism’s founding scholar, and the first philosopher king, Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 CE to 180 CE...

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