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!

Sunday Q&A - 5/24

This Memorial Day Weekend, we'll consider the theme of memory in literature. Here's the link for the Sunday Q&A:

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The Interdisciplinary Eye - Music links

For our second session, I will be referencing musical works. Since we will be listening to segments during the talk, I've compiled the links below for you to preview and review at more length when convenient:






Frank Martin







Vidales (Basho)


Sunday Q&A - 5/17

Great to see you today and have a conversation! Below is the audio recording and two links referenced in our discussion.

Topic: Sunday Q&A - 5/17
Audio recording, on what you want from a book, and what you're reading between semesters

Christopher Logue, All Day Permanent Red (rendering of early sections of the Iliad)

Benjamin Dreyer, Dreyer's English, master editor tells all

Elinor Carruci, http://www.elinorcarucci.com, vulnerability and intimacy in photography 


The Interdisciplinary Eye

How do images in literature, art, and music work together?

Tuesday mornings: May 12, 19, 26

We look at how imagery in poetry, drama, and the novel activates the sensory imagination in the reader’s experience. We then look at how music and musical imagery provokes emotion, memory, and narrative. Finally, we look at how images in drawing, painting, and photography create stories.

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  • A series of three one-hour lectures via Zoom
  • All lectures are scheduled to take place from 10 - 11am EST
  • Tickets are $35 and give access to all three lectures