Fans of the ancient classics will be delighted to learn that a magnificent new edition of Diogenes “Lives of the Eminent Philosophers.” has just been published. As Washington Post reviewer Michael Dirda implies, although Diogenes’ handiwork is believed to be “as much hearsay as history” nonetheless, his book is still a fun read. It is “richly anecdotal” and filled with the type “stories and quips” that have kept innumerable readers entertained through the centuries. Edited by James Miller, this new edition also includes numerous illustrations and notes, as well as background essays.
( The post also has a review of Ward Farnsworth’s “The Practicing Stoic: A Philosophical User’s Manual.” )
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.