Reading Babette Babich

Babette Babich-005Unlike most philosophers these days, Babette Babich is just as impressive in person as she is in her books. A gifted orator, she speaks—and at times intones—the way you imagine Epicurus speaking in your dreams: by the sea, with a glass of wine in his hand.

Reading Babette Babich reminds you of what it was like to be young and in love . . . with ideas. There’s an infectious enthusiasm to her style that makes the heart race. Academic life has not ruined Babich. She hasn’t forgotten her first love with the Ephesians. Nor has she grown lukewarm with the Laodiceans. All to the contrary: Babich’s revelations burn with a passionate intensity.

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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