Author Archives: Don Quijote Honors College

Arguing With Art – William Lonn

Pindar in Edith Hamilton’s The Greek Way The Don Quijote Honors College has published several essays on Edith Hamilton’s books The Greek Way and The Roman Way. By now it should be clear that Hamilton, through a series of vignettes about different artists, philosophers, or modes of production, wants to explain the way(s) of a society. […]

The White and Yellowed Spaces – Javen Weston

I love used books for many reasons, one being that I much prefer a slightly tattered hardcover to a crisp paperback fresh from the publisher. A substantial hardcover lays wonderfully flat on its side when closed, unlike paperbacks, which have the tendency to rest open-mouthed, as if in silent shock that they are not currently […]

Plato’s “The Republic” – Katie Shauberger

Many people are required to read The Republic in college, but when I was reading it for an honors course on the great books of society, I discovered a few parallels that I would like to share for those who have not had the privilege of experiencing Plato’s great work. While The Republic is known […]

Drake’s Self-Definition in “Nothing Was The Same” – Kunal Naik

Wanted to tell you accept yourself You don’t have to prove shit to no one except yourself Drake is a performer. Watch any interview and it becomes clear from the second he steps on stage that he is in control of the room and directs the flow of the conversation while charming the audience so it’s […]

Layman on Feynman on Motion – Sarah Smith

Feynman begins his description of motion with a discussion of description itself: the concept of motion is defined by the changes that occur in bodies over time, he says, and “to find the laws governing [these] changes, … we must be able to describe the changes and have some way to record them.” Feynman’s recognition […]

On the Retirement of Hayao Miyazaki – Ben Clark

It is a misunderstood culture. You will never find a more wretched hive of body odor and social awkwardness than at the conventions. The clubs are the toddler-fenced play space for would-be autocrats. Every fan seems to be wearing a garish costume and haphazardly tossing foreign words into his speech (fitting the pronoun, the fans […]

Raphael’s “School of Athens” – Alyssa Boutelle

You’ve definitely seen this painting before, but if you haven’t taken the opportunity to study it closely, you’ve also definitely missed some details.  Commissioned by Pope Julius II to adorn his private library in the Vatican’s Stanza della Segnatura (The Signature Room, a reference to the official documents signed by the Pope there), Raphael painted […]