Anxious Mo-Fo

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Great literature merit badges

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Wouldn’t it be awesome if, after reading a great book, you could show the world that you’d finished the whole thing by adding a merit badge to your reader scout sash? Wouldn’t it?

Since I just finished the Divine Comedy, here is the merit badge I would wear:

The Divine Comedy merit badge

As another example of this sort of thing, here is the merit badge for Homer’s Odyssey:

The Odyssey merit badge

Coming soon: merit badges for Infinite Jest and more.

Update September 19th: A merit badge for Infinite Jest:

My wife wisely pointed out that my earlier Odyssey merit badge could have been for any number of books. So, here is a newer version of The Odyssey‘s merit badge:

Update November 6th: New merit badges, and any others I create in the future, can be found here: Great literature merit badges.

Written by JPP

September 17, 2008 at 10:06 am

8 Responses

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  1. What an awesome idea.

    Seriously, you should do a Website, or a Facebook app or something. It would rock.

    You’d stick it to Nicholas Carr too. 🙂

    Eyal Sivan

    September 17, 2008 at 8:28 pm

  2. I fucking love it!

    The Necromancer

    September 18, 2008 at 11:05 pm

  3. Why thank you, Necromancer and Eyal Sivan!

    Actually, I’m sticking it to Clay Shirky, who says “… no one reads War and Peace. It’s too long, and not so interesting.”

    I haven’t read War and Peace yet, but I’m going to just to spite him.


    September 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm

  4. This post just keeps getting better. I love the updated Odyssey badge. Scary!

    The Necromancer

    September 19, 2008 at 10:55 pm

  5. This is great — you’re on to something here!


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