Two mornings a week I am a student. This time around, I'm participating in a Ulysses reading group and a class on Ulysses S. Grant, the American general and president. Fridays I attend two lectures on current issues.
The Grant biography has just arrived from Amazon and I am dismayed to see that it weighs in at over 1,000 pages. It's by Rob Chernow, author of the best-selling bio of Alexander Hamilton that inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda's extraordinary Broadway musical. I got through those 800 pages, but it's possible my motivation had been elevated by having seen Hamilton. The Grant course is being led by a popular emeritus Harvard prof. Not quite the same as Miranda's wizardry, but I hope it's encouraging.
I really hope someone offers a Tristram Shandy course soon. I've never read it and think it might be best undertaken with a group. Some books are like that.