The Whole Five Feet
The Whole Five Feet:
What the Great Books Taught Me About Life, Death, and Pretty Much Everything Else
by Christopher Beha
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One day, walking back to the office after a bibulous lunch, Christopher Beha sees Benjamin Franklin walking beside him:
“Eat not to dullness,” Franklin told me. “Drink not to elevation.”
“Shut up, Ben,” I answered.
Beha was not hallucinating but imagining: This was the first of many brushes with the past resulting from an experiment that was to inform his life for a whole year—and beyond. That is, a constant and continual dialogue with some of the greatest minds the world has known. A few days earlier, on New Year’s Eve of 2006, Beha, then twenty-seven, had eschewed the revelry of his peers and begun his attempt to read all the Harvard Classics—the “whole five feet” of his book’s title.
To read fifty-one volumes does not, in itself, seem like an impossible thing. It is, after all, slightly
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