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« Reply #2070 on: December 13, 2011, 12:28:52 AM »

Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene. It's the first theological book I've gotten where I can't put it down once I've started reading!

I love the Nine Enneads. They're so beautiful and deep in their theology and yet concise at the same time.
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« Reply #2071 on: December 13, 2011, 01:25:55 AM »

Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene. It's the first theological book I've gotten where I can't put it down once I've started reading!

I love the Nine Enneads. They're so beautiful and deep in their theology and yet concise at the same time.

I read somewhere that the Enneads of Plotinus were written as a defense of Neo-Platonism against Gnosticism, i.e. it was part of debate that was rather tangential to Orthodox Christianity. Is this true?
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« Reply #2072 on: December 13, 2011, 02:33:42 PM »

Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene. It's the first theological book I've gotten where I can't put it down once I've started reading!

I love the Nine Enneads. They're so beautiful and deep in their theology and yet concise at the same time.

I read somewhere that the Enneads of Plotinus were written as a defense of Neo-Platonism against Gnosticism, i.e. it was part of debate that was rather tangential to Orthodox Christianity. Is this true?
Not sure. The Enneads I'm referring to were written by Hieromonk Damascene when he wrote Christ the Eternal Tao.
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« Reply #2073 on: December 15, 2011, 01:47:41 AM »

As for my secular reading, I just finished The Road by McCarthy and now I'm wanting to read some Dostoevsky.
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« Reply #2074 on: December 15, 2011, 01:52:30 AM »

Dostoevsky SECULAR? Is outrage!

Today, re-reading Tahmima Anam's "A Golden Age," good fiction novel about the early days of Bangladesh.
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« Reply #2075 on: December 15, 2011, 03:00:38 AM »

Were the early days as bad as the latter days?
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« Reply #2076 on: December 15, 2011, 03:53:56 AM »

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« Reply #2077 on: December 18, 2011, 09:19:30 PM »

Nitty-Gritty Grammar: A Not-So-Serious Guide to Clear Communication, ed. by Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson
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« Reply #2078 on: December 18, 2011, 09:19:57 PM »

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« Reply #2079 on: December 18, 2011, 09:20:18 PM »

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« Reply #2080 on: December 20, 2011, 11:14:36 AM »

The Doors of the Sea, by David Bentley Hart.

So far, so good. What a writer! Thank God for my Kindle's built-in dictionary.
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« Reply #2081 on: December 20, 2011, 02:09:34 PM »

Nitty-Gritty Grammar: A Not-So-Serious Guide to Clear Communication, ed. by Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson
Is that kinda like Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language, by Richard Lederer
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« Reply #2082 on: December 20, 2011, 02:47:26 PM »

Nitty-Gritty Grammar: A Not-So-Serious Guide to Clear Communication, ed. by Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson
Is that kinda like Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language, by Richard Lederer

Don't know, but that sounds like my kinda book  Grin
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« Reply #2083 on: December 20, 2011, 02:55:59 PM »

Nitty-Gritty Grammar: A Not-So-Serious Guide to Clear Communication, ed. by Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson
Is that kinda like Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language, by Richard Lederer

Don't know, but that sounds like my kinda book  Grin
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« Reply #2084 on: December 20, 2011, 03:05:59 PM »

I LOVE reading those types of sentences!

Too bad it is not on the Kindle.
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« Reply #2085 on: December 20, 2011, 05:02:48 PM »

Just checked out a bunch of mysteries from the library. Mostly British, a couple other places as well.
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« Reply #2086 on: December 20, 2011, 06:13:14 PM »

I LOVE reading those types of sentences!

Too bad it is not on the Kindle.

Reminds me of those collections of supposed "actual" questions put to witnesses from the bar table.

"Your eldest son, the twenty-one year old, how old is he?"
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« Reply #2087 on: December 20, 2011, 06:18:19 PM »

I LOVE reading those types of sentences!

Too bad it is not on the Kindle.

Reminds me of those collections of supposed "actual" questions put to witnesses from the bar table.

"Your eldest son, the twenty-one year old, how old is he?"
Would that count as a leading question? Wink
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« Reply #2088 on: December 20, 2011, 06:25:11 PM »

I LOVE reading those types of sentences!

Too bad it is not on the Kindle.

Reminds me of those collections of supposed "actual" questions put to witnesses from the bar table.

"Your eldest son, the twenty-one year old, how old is he?"
Would that count as a leading question? Wink

Haha, I suppose so, but you'd have to be pretty keen to object to it (do you guys use the word keen in this sense?).

Here are some more:

http://sites.google.com/site/kirktonic/journal/2007-journal/disorderintheamericancourts

ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.

ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan.

ATTORNEY: Now, doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the Bar exam?

ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Would you repeat the question?

ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death.
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?

ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a Deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check or a pulse?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: So, then, it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?WITNESS: No.
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.
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« Reply #2089 on: December 20, 2011, 06:52:23 PM »

 Cheesy

Being a lawyer sounds like more fun than I thought!
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« Reply #2090 on: December 20, 2011, 06:52:33 PM »

Thanks; I've got the hiccups now.
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« Reply #2091 on: December 20, 2011, 07:11:26 PM »

Cheesy

Being a lawyer sounds like more fun than I thought!

Being a witness is.

I wish I could find the deposition transcripts of a childhood "hero" of mine.

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« Reply #2092 on: December 20, 2011, 07:15:17 PM »

Cheesy

Being a lawyer sounds like more fun than I thought!
I hear a lot of stuff with my transcription work, and sometimes I just can't stop laughing while I'm typing. If only every file were such a joy!
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« Reply #2093 on: December 20, 2011, 07:24:34 PM »

Sometimes amusing things do happen in the law.

My favourite piece of correspondence ever received went like this:

"Dear Mr Akimori [not my real name], I am caught up in a machiavellian judicial conspiracy set within the matrix of a yet larger conspiracy orchestrated by Her Majesty's Attorney General [...]". It continued in the same high-flown manner.

I also once had the pleasure of reading an affidavit which commenced with the words "I am, and have always been, conscious of the fact that I am a rather attractive woman".

When I was a paralegal, I once had to attend the Supreme Court's Registry to file a document in proceedings involving twenty six defendants. When I arrived at the front desk, I told the clerk I needed to file a document in relation to Ms X's proceedings and he replied "oh, Ms X's matter -- I'm the thirteenth defendant". Turns out she joined him as a defendant because he was chewing on his pen in an (apparently) sexually provocative manner when she attended to file the summons.

The most tragic thing I've ever had cause to read was an internal file note that read "Marcus Aurelius [name changed to something as ridiculous as the original to protect the innocent] improved this month -- he only killed two kittens".
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« Reply #2094 on: December 20, 2011, 07:31:27 PM »

I'm considering reading Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel. Picked it up at the used book sale the Phi Alpha Theta (think the history honors society, not a fraternity) chapter of my school put on (and I am a member of it). Looks real good.
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« Reply #2095 on: December 21, 2011, 10:28:36 AM »

Elder Ambrose of Optina by Sergius Chetverikov

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« Reply #2096 on: December 21, 2011, 11:41:44 AM »

The 12 Caesars, for the 13th time  Wink
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« Reply #2097 on: December 21, 2011, 12:11:06 PM »

Elder Ambrose of Optina by Sergius Chetverikov

This one alone is £39:53 on Amazon UK. Does it have gold leaf? #laughs
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« Reply #2098 on: December 21, 2011, 01:06:25 PM »

Socrates Meets Kant - Peter Kreeft

Philosophy of Mind - Edward Feser

The Philosophy of Knowledge - Kenneth T. Gallagher
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« Reply #2099 on: December 21, 2011, 02:12:54 PM »

Elder Ambrose of Optina by Sergius Chetverikov

This one alone is £39:53 on Amazon UK. Does it have gold leaf? #laughs

I believe it's listed as Old Calendar £39.53 (totally different).
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Elder Ambrose of Optina by Sergius Chetverikov

This one alone is £39:53 on Amazon UK. Does it have gold leaf? #laughs

I believe it's listed as Old Calendar £39.53 (totally different).


It's $20.00 for the US version. So you'd spend about... £15.33 for it here.  Grin
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Elder Ambrose of Optina by Sergius Chetverikov

This one alone is £39:53 on Amazon UK. Does it have gold leaf? #laughs

I believe it's listed as Old Calendar £39.53 (totally different).


It's $20.00 for the US version. So you'd spend about... £15.33 for it here.  Grin

Good job it's not on my "Must Read" list then  Grin
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« Reply #2102 on: December 21, 2011, 04:55:48 PM »

Mozart's Last Aria by Matt Rees

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It’s 1791 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is enlightenment Vienna’s brightest star. Master of the city’s music halls and devoted member of the Freemason’s guild, he stands at the heart of an electric mix of art and music, philosophy and science, politics and intrigue.
 
But six weeks ago the great composer told his wife he had been poisoned. Yesterday, he died.
 
The city is buzzing with rumours of infidelity, bankruptcy and murder. But Wolfgang’s sister Nannerl will not believe base gossip. Who but a madman would poison such a genius?
 
Yet as she looks closer, Nannerl finds traces of something sinister: a Masonic secret that might just be connected to his death. And as she listens to Wolfgang’s bewitching last opera, The Magic Flute, she realizes that the arias might contain more than just the music…


I've just started it, but it's an interesting read so far.  If you have any musical training and can understand the references to music theory (as I do), it's probably even more entertaining.  I'm a sucker for period mysteries and this one apparently has the Freemasons involved.  I'm also a sucker for anything Mozart related, so this book was tailor made for me.

I recently started up my goodreads account again.  If you're on there, look me up.
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« Reply #2103 on: December 21, 2011, 05:15:28 PM »

I just finished the chapter "The Grand Inquisitor" in The Brothers Karamazov.

Wow.
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« Reply #2104 on: December 21, 2011, 06:21:50 PM »

Nitty-Gritty Grammar: A Not-So-Serious Guide to Clear Communication, ed. by Edith H. Fine and Judith P. Josephson
Is that kinda like Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language, by Richard Lederer

Don't know, but that sounds like my kinda book  Grin
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« Reply #2105 on: December 21, 2011, 06:27:00 PM »

The 12 Caesars, for the 13th time  Wink

Oh memories.  I read the whole thing while in college.  Since then I have returned to Caesar often for reports and such, and Tiberius and Caligula for the humor.

EDIT - Oh, and for some gut busting chuckles you just HAVE to read Herodotus.

EDIT II - And don't forget Catullus and Martial!
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« Reply #2107 on: December 22, 2011, 02:11:08 PM »

Catechism of the Catholic Church - It's learnin me goodly!
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« Reply #2108 on: December 22, 2011, 03:00:16 PM »

I just looked up Orthodox books today, and I ran across this:

'Knowing and Living Your Orthodox Christian Faith,' by A.S. Bogeatzes

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/KNOWING-AND-LIVING-YOUR-ORTHODOX/book-fsQg8D2lWkSon_q_NlRWqA/page1.html

Has anyone read it? Do you know if it's any good?

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« Reply #2109 on: December 22, 2011, 04:59:19 PM »

going between Fr. Thomas Hopko's Orthodox Faith series and How to Live a Holy Life by Metropolitan Gregory.



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« Reply #2110 on: December 22, 2011, 09:33:35 PM »

Last year I cracked open The Thirty Years War: Europe's Tragedy by Peter H. Wilson. Set it aside for reading some books about Orthodoxy, but now I am back at it.  I am about 1/3 of the way through and hope to get 1/2 way through by the New Year.
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« Reply #2111 on: December 23, 2011, 04:49:47 AM »

I just finished the chapter "The Grand Inquisitor" in The Brothers Karamazov.

Wow.


Yep. Read that excerpt in a college Lit class and was inspired to read the entire book. Amazing book by an amazing author.



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« Reply #2112 on: December 23, 2011, 04:10:25 PM »

Finished Fr. Hopko's Rainbow Series as well as Wise Blood and A Good Man is Hard to Find.

Alaskan Missionary Spirituality, a collection of primary documents put together by Fr. Michael Oleska came in the mail the other day. I might start on that now.
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« Reply #2113 on: December 24, 2011, 12:54:14 PM »

I just finished the chapter "The Grand Inquisitor" in The Brothers Karamazov.

Wow.

I just finished Fr. Zossima's monologue on Hell. I'm surprised at how profound the theology is for a fictional novel!
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« Reply #2114 on: December 24, 2011, 03:38:33 PM »

The most tragic thing I've ever had cause to read was an internal file note that read "Marcus Aurelius [name changed to something as ridiculous as the original to protect the innocent] improved this month -- he only killed two kittens".

LOL! Merry Christmas Mr. Akimori Makato!


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