The 12+12 Books of Christmas

Flanööri challenged me to write a Christmas Calendar where we both would write a post about some of our favorite books every day from the 1st of December to Christmas Eve. If either of us missed a post they would have to buy a bottle of Napue gin, voted the best gin in the world. Strict laws against advertising alcohol in Finland forbid me to write too much about Napue, so let me just say that it is delicious and you should try it. In fact, buy a few bottles just in case and enjoy a few refreshing gin and tonics.

The books I posted about were the following:

  1. Paradox and Discovery by John Wisdom
  2. De Satyrica Graecorum Poesi et Romanorum Satira by Isaac Casaubon
  3. Virgil’s Aeneid translated by John Dryden
  4. Pessimism: Philosophy, Ethic, Spirit by Joshua Foa Dienstag
  5.  The Great Chain of Being by Arthur O. Lovejoy
  6. The History of Scepticism from Savonarola to Bayle by Richard Popkin
  7. Utopia by Thomas More
  8. Silmät ilman kasvoja: Kauhu filosofiana (“Eyes Without a Face: Horror as Philosophy”) by Tapani Kilpeläinen
  9. Satires by Horace, Juvenal and Persius
  10. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
  11. The Uses of Argument by Stephen Toulmin
  12. Meistererzählungen by Franz Kafka
  13. The Enchiridion by Epictetus
  14. History of Aesthetic by Bernard Bosanquet
  15. The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti
  16. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  17. On the Sublime by Longinus
  18. Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnameable by Samuel Beckett
  19. Mallarmé and the Art of Being Difficult by Malcolm Bowie
  20. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
  21. Satan’s Rhetoric by Armando Maggi
  22. Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
  23. Dr. Woodward’s Shield: History, Satire, and Science in Augustan England by Joseph M. Levine
  24. The New Testament by God

They are not necessarily my favorite books of all time, but close enough. Basically, I just picked up books from my shelf, took a picture and wrote something. It was a wonderful way of revisiting literature that I have worked with for a long time. It was like seeing old friends after a long trip around the world.

Both of us completed the challenge and neither of us had to buy the gin. All seemed lost and we were headed towards a ginless future. However, Flanööri’s big brother, a gentleman and a scholar, came to the rescue and got us the gin for Christmas. Which is, as I said, delicious and (probably) good for you.

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