We engage with classic texts from the past not so they slavishly define our present, nor so to judge and dismiss them from contemporary standards. Instead, these texts are heard and the considered response we make is at once informed by them and seeks to move on from them. Engaging with these alien texts provides …

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Alan Jacob’s book Breaking Bread With The Dead is an invitation to read and engage with authors from past generations, and not disconnect ourselves from lessons we may glean by dismissing them because of their prejudices, failings, and non-conformity with contemporary moral and ethical standards. The book’s subtitle is Reading the Past in Search of …

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