Welcome to Brilliant Minds

A companion site for courses by Peter Arcese on classics, contemporary literature, and the arts ... Here you will find items related to our readings and discussions ... Ideas, images, background information, suggested readings, bibliographies, and notes on related performances, all find a presence here ... Enjoy your reading and check back regularly for new posts!


Some Context for Kelman

If you're struggling a bit with James Kelman's, That Was a Shiver, these articles and videos provide some context:

A review from The Guardian

Article and Interview, also The Guardian

TEDx talk about Scots language and experience

Gang culture in Glasgow

On a lighter note, two language oriented comedy sketches:

Elevator Recognition

Pub Patter


Sunday Q&A - 6/28 & Additional links

Here is the audio of our Sunday Q&A for 6/28, as well as additional links related to our class and discussions.

Sunday Q&A - 6/28 - Audio

Hal Foster, The Anti-Aesthetic

William James:

A well composed article by Maria Popova on William James' and Transcendent Experience

The Varieties of Religious Experience - a PDF download from Project Gutenberg

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Emerson, "Nature" (about 2/3rds of the way in you'll find the "transparent eyeball" quotation

Emerson's Transparent Eyeball, an article by Lois M. Eveleth

Rudolf Otto:

Wikipedia entry

The Idea of the Holy

Summary of the Otto's concept of the "numinous"


More links related to The Overstory

Richard Powers—PBS video clip

Barbara Kingsolver, NY Times

The Atlantic

The Guardian

Suzanne Simard—TED Talk

Diana Beresford-Kroeger—Call of the Forest

Peter Wohlleben—The Hidden Life of Trees

Video clip—https://youtu.be/oWj1tWZ2_tg

Book—https://amzn.to/3eIogBV

Robert Adams—Cottonwoods

Thich Nhat Hanh—Interbeing

Christopher Collins—Cognitive Modes