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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2970 on: May 07, 2013, 01:07:13 PM »
OT: Deciphering the libretto of Il Trovatore. My Italian sure is rusty. :-\

Verdi is good. Puccini is better, though;.

My mother-in-law would cry anathema. ;)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2971 on: May 07, 2013, 01:59:14 PM »
"On the Genealogy of Morality" - Freidrick Nietzche
"For, by its immensity, the divine substance surpasses every form that our intellect reaches. Thus we are unable to apprehend it by knowing what it is. Yet we are able to have some knowledge of it by knowing what it is not." - St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, I, 14.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2972 on: May 07, 2013, 06:47:01 PM »
Roland Barthes - Mythologies
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2973 on: May 07, 2013, 06:52:36 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2974 on: May 07, 2013, 07:36:30 PM »
'Sacrifice,' S.J. Bolton

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2975 on: May 07, 2013, 08:14:40 PM »
Eh. When a church is 'inherited', ripping out the pews (and replacing them with chairs and stasidia) and organ can be too much of a bother and/or expense.

 Our church did it in a few hours.  :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2976 on: May 07, 2013, 08:28:51 PM »
In addition to the book on the Jesus Prayer, I just picked up

 1. R. E. Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman.  It's supposedly the definitive single-volume biography out there.

 2. American Sphinx- The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis.  If David McCullough likes it, it should be good.

 3. The Life of Johnny Reb- The Common Soldier of the Confederacy by Bell Irvin Wiley.  He's also got a companion book about the common Union soldier that I'd like to get sometime.   
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2977 on: May 10, 2013, 11:31:12 AM »
Plato - Gorgias and Protagoras
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2978 on: May 10, 2013, 04:52:04 PM »
Plato - Gorgias and Protagoras

Cool. I'm reading Plato too: Apology and Republic.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2979 on: May 10, 2013, 05:53:09 PM »
A nice manual-style book on shamanism published by the university of Oklahoma. Although I also leafed through Eliade's book on the subject it seems dated.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2980 on: May 10, 2013, 07:08:04 PM »
Courtesy of the 'damaged stock' shelf of my local independent bookstore, an omnibus edition of Diamond Brothers adventures no 4-7, by Anthony Horowitz (The Blurred Man, The French Confection, I Know What You Did Last Wednesday, The Greek Who Stole Christmas). Much giggling is ensuing already.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2981 on: May 11, 2013, 05:32:58 AM »
In addition to the book on the Jesus Prayer, I just picked up

 1. R. E. Lee by Douglas Southall Freeman.  It's supposedly the definitive single-volume biography out there.

 2. American Sphinx- The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis.  If David McCullough likes it, it should be good.

 3. The Life of Johnny Reb- The Common Soldier of the Confederacy by Bell Irvin Wiley.  He's also got a companion book about the common Union soldier that I'd like to get sometime.   


Interesting. I'm currently reading a 900 page tome entitled: "The Monk, the Forest, and Nathan Bedford Forrest."

OK, not really. My silliness comes out after Pascha. Sorry. ;)



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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2982 on: May 11, 2013, 05:47:43 AM »
Plato - Gorgias and Protagoras

Cool. I'm reading Plato too: Apology and Republic.

Awesome. Those two are Plato's masterworks. The Apology is brilliant in its audacity. You might want to read Xenophon's version of Socrates' Apology alongside with it.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2983 on: May 11, 2013, 11:33:06 AM »
Philostratus - Lives of the Sophists
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2984 on: May 12, 2013, 03:25:49 PM »
Princess Sultana's circle.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2985 on: May 13, 2013, 02:20:19 PM »
Demosthenes - On the Crown
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2986 on: May 13, 2013, 08:52:18 PM »
To my great shame, I still haven't finished "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic: Volume I." Memorizing all the various verb tenses is a serious pain.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2987 on: May 13, 2013, 09:09:45 PM »
To my great shame, I still haven't finished "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic: Volume I." Memorizing all the various verb tenses is a serious pain.

Then stop.

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« Reply #2988 on: May 13, 2013, 09:16:06 PM »
To my great shame, I still haven't finished "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic: Volume I." Memorizing all the various verb tenses is a serious pain.

Then stop.
I am not saying I want to stop. I love Arabic, it's one of my passions. It may be hard, but it is rewarding. I guess I just need to be a bit more disciplined and focused. I knew very well learning Classical Arabic (especially outside a classroom setting) would be difficult. When I start to university I'll get an opportunity to study the language in a more structured environment.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2989 on: May 13, 2013, 09:28:11 PM »
Morris Rossabi, Voyager from Xanadu-Rabban Sauma and the first Journey from China to the West
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2990 on: May 14, 2013, 06:12:08 AM »
Not something I'm reading, but I just saw this was due for release next month and thought I should share since it's bound to be a good one:

Andrew Louth - Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2991 on: May 14, 2013, 06:13:51 AM »
To my great shame, I still haven't finished "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic: Volume I." Memorizing all the various verb tenses is a serious pain.

Then stop.

That's not a winner's mentality.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2992 on: May 14, 2013, 12:15:18 PM »
Plato - Gorgias and Protagoras

Cool. I'm reading Plato too: Apology and Republic.

Awesome. Those two are Plato's masterworks. The Apology is brilliant in its audacity. You might want to read Xenophon's version of Socrates' Apology alongside with it.
Great idea. This is my last semester of course work, and I'm taking a course on Plato.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2993 on: May 14, 2013, 02:14:01 PM »
Reading some notes about the next things to happen in my parish and just finished reading a thread where being accused of two different things.

Seems like welcome and many years has been substituted with insults and accusations.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2994 on: May 15, 2013, 05:14:57 AM »
Sophocles - Philoctetes
Lucian of Samosata - A True History
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« Reply #2995 on: May 15, 2013, 10:55:02 AM »
Plato - Gorgias and Protagoras

Cool. I'm reading Plato too: Apology and Republic.

Awesome. Those two are Plato's masterworks. The Apology is brilliant in its audacity. You might want to read Xenophon's version of Socrates' Apology alongside with it.
Great idea. This is my last semester of course work, and I'm taking a course on Plato.

Impressive. A few months ago I was allowed to follow an entire semester on Plato. Before students of classical languages I had to translate parts of the Symposium on the spot. Great fun.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2996 on: May 15, 2013, 12:29:48 PM »
Plato - Gorgias and Protagoras

Cool. I'm reading Plato too: Apology and Republic.

Awesome. Those two are Plato's masterworks. The Apology is brilliant in its audacity. You might want to read Xenophon's version of Socrates' Apology alongside with it.
Great idea. This is my last semester of course work, and I'm taking a course on Plato.

Impressive. A few months ago I was allowed to follow an entire semester on Plato. Before students of classical languages I had to translate parts of the Symposium on the spot. Great fun.
Now that is impressive. I suppose I'll have to learn Greek eventually.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2997 on: May 15, 2013, 04:42:42 PM »
just finished:
 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  It's about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian who was a POW in WWII. He and his fellow POWs were treated with the utmost of brutality. (30% of POWs in Japanese hands died as compared to only 1% dying under the Nazis.)  He managed to find peace and forgiveness through becoming a Christian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0pulc6kDsk


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2998 on: May 17, 2013, 06:45:34 AM »
Lucian of Samosata - Philopseudes
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #2999 on: May 26, 2013, 02:46:34 PM »


cracking the monastic theology
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« Reply #3000 on: May 27, 2013, 01:08:27 PM »
just finished:
 Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.  It's about Louis Zamperini, an Olympian who was a POW in WWII. He and his fellow POWs were treated with the utmost of brutality. (30% of POWs in Japanese hands died as compared to only 1% dying under the Nazis.)  He managed to find peace and forgiveness through becoming a Christian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0pulc6kDsk


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http://www.boris-akunin.com/bk_white_buldog.html


I just started Devil at My Heels by Louis Zamperini.  Costco special, purchased along with Antony Beevor's The Second World War.  I liked his book Stalingrad.  May be awhile before I get to it. +-632

That last part was the cat's input on the topic.

Just finished Mark Mazower's Inside Hitler's Greece which was a good read.  Then started The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry.  It is really interesting, but I got sidetracked and will have to go back.


Other than that, the third in the series of Spiritual Counsels by Elder Paisios Spiritual Struggle.

Then a bunch of technical gobbledy-gook for work, which I actually sometimes really enjoy.  

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cracking the monastic theology

Thanks for reminding me, someone just recommended that to me recently. 

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« Reply #3002 on: May 27, 2013, 01:17:36 PM »
Yesterday - finished "Frozen Solid," by James Tabor. Today - finished "Sacrifice" by S.J. Bolton.

Today - looking to start something new. It's almost time for my annual 'summer reading challenge,' in which I try to see if I can beat the 37 books I read in the summer after junior year in high school. The challenge lasts from June to the middle of September. :)

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« Reply #3003 on: May 27, 2013, 01:49:32 PM »
Today - looking to start something new. It's almost time for my annual 'summer reading challenge,' in which I try to see if I can beat the 37 books I read in the summer after junior year in high school. The challenge lasts from June to the middle of September. :)

As long as you don't try to fit the entire Wheel of Time in there. ;)
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« Reply #3004 on: May 27, 2013, 02:10:21 PM »
Yesterday - finished "Frozen Solid," by James Tabor. Today - finished "Sacrifice" by S.J. Bolton.

Today - looking to start something new. It's almost time for my annual 'summer reading challenge,' in which I try to see if I can beat the 37 books I read in the summer after junior year in high school. The challenge lasts from June to the middle of September. :)

OT has 39 books.

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« Reply #3005 on: May 27, 2013, 03:27:54 PM »
Picked this up:



I have some good reading for my bus commute now.
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« Reply #3006 on: May 27, 2013, 03:50:32 PM »
Marxism and Freedom by Raya Dunayevskaya
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« Reply #3007 on: May 27, 2013, 04:13:00 PM »
Against the Modern World: Traditionalism and the Secret Intellectual History of the Twentieth Century, by Mark Sedwick

I'm also reading the The Qur'an (translated by Tarif Khalidi), from back to front, as I read this is roughly the order in which it was allegedly received by Mohammed.

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« Reply #3008 on: May 27, 2013, 04:32:26 PM »

cracking the monastic theology

Thanks for reminding me, someone just recommended that to me recently. 

probably the most importan theologian among the monks of the 20th century
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« Reply #3009 on: May 31, 2013, 08:55:28 PM »
is foucault and deleuze like completely open to interpretation here? i guess i like my thesis to be crystal clear and to see if i agree or disagree.
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« Reply #3010 on: May 31, 2013, 09:04:31 PM »
Wow. Everybody reads such serious stuff. I feel like building a tent just to protect my fragile IQ.  :P

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« Reply #3011 on: May 31, 2013, 09:08:03 PM »
Wow. Everybody reads such serious stuff. I feel like building a tent just to protect my fragile IQ.  :P
i have been more inclined reading much more clear works than sophism.

i dont know, i dont claim to be intellectual or anything but some of these works are just so wide open with interpretation i feel like they are written by some smug ***hole for an academic elite to masturbate to.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3012 on: May 31, 2013, 09:58:16 PM »
is foucault and deleuze like completely open to interpretation here? i guess i like my thesis to be crystal clear and to see if i agree or disagree.

With a lot of philosophy, simple propositions that one can take or leave are often beside the point.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3013 on: May 31, 2013, 10:04:36 PM »
is foucault and deleuze like completely open to interpretation here? i guess i like my thesis to be crystal clear and to see if i agree or disagree.

With a lot of philosophy, simple propositions that one can take or leave are often beside the point.
yeah unless you are feeding some kind of bs enabler.

im sorry but there are plenty ways of being literary, thought provoking and funny without being purposely opaque

ive been reading more poetry these days, you should be happy
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #3014 on: June 01, 2013, 07:57:27 AM »
Rebels, Traitors and Turncoats of London, by Travis Elborough. In the same vein as the Horrible Histories series, and as much fun.
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