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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4410 on: February 28, 2015, 06:36:55 PM »
For Lent I am reading the readings at http://www.goarch.org/resources/monthly_readings .  For my own knowledge, I am reading A History of Modern Germany : 1648-1840  /  Hajo Holborn.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4411 on: February 28, 2015, 07:46:56 PM »
In between schoolwork and Scripture:

The Lenten Spring by Fr. Thomas Hopko

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4412 on: February 28, 2015, 10:50:33 PM »
Dostoyevsky's The Idiot. And whatever writing of others I critique at the writer's forum. And my own ongoing novel, which takes a lot of dedication. My epilepsy had damaged the part of my brain that deals with language, and so I make a lot of errors, like typing "our" instead of "are", and not being able to spell words I used to be able to spell. I get the letters confused and backwards. So it makes for extra hard editing. But I am superior in the creative party of the brain and the part that deals with eloquence and skill in writing. Those with my condition, like Dostoyevsky, often are geniuses in certain subjects, like writing, politics, etc. And well, it takes a lot reading over and over to write a novel.

I was misdiagnosed with epilepsy last year and was put on a few different anti-seizure medication for about five months before any proper testing was done. 

Now, having a non-epileptic brain and having experienced life on Keppra I can say that the medicine effects people differently, but it made me pretty much like my Asperger's friend with a lot of intolerance of noise and stimulation, easily exhausted, and the added side effect of difficulty with language, written and spoken.  The nice thing about Keppra is that it is a sort of nootropic drug, mildly, so the electrical impulse suppression doesn't lead to overall suppression of thinking ability as with the older drugs and even newer ones like Topamax (Dopamax).

But in my studies of epilepsy, left temporal lobe seizures do damage the language processing area of the brain.  And I learned they are really very limited in their understanding of neural networks and plasticity.   

I'm really glad you are finding the bright spot of living with a difficult and life altering illness.  God bless you!

I am a bit obsessed with it, as can likely be noticed, but that's the Aspergers. There is a link between epilepsy and Aspergers. I also am developing tics, which may be myoclonic seizures or just tics, which are a neuropsychological disorder. There are many tic disorders. It would make sense because the MEG scan determined they are deep in the brain, around the temporal lobe sort of between a few parts, but including the temporal lobe



Actually just around that part here that deals with language and reading. The tics are verbal.

I started developing tics on Keppra, and I don't normally have any.  The tics got a lot worse when they added another drug, I forgot the name, but it acts on the sodium channels and it nearly killed me.  But then the downside of anti-epileptic drugs is that they can also induce seizures even in people who have never had seizures.  And the seizures can shift around too. 

You seem like you are one that is doing well on it though, and it sounds as though you've got good doctors who don't cavalierly and randomly prescribed medicines on a whim.  I would take something if I had to, because uncontrolled epilepsy is far worse. 

Yes, Asperger's can tend to make one have a favorite topic of discussion, lol  :)



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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4413 on: February 28, 2015, 10:52:12 PM »


Elder Ambrose knew Dostoevsky if I remember correctly



That's correct, Dostoevsky even writes about St. Ambrose in some of his books. I think he changed the name though.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4414 on: March 07, 2015, 03:52:25 PM »
Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka. Reading some of his work is long overdue for me.

I recently got this one, which I should have bought in the first place:



Oh well, I guess since it's by a different translator--and because I liked it so much--I'll reread The Metamorphosis after I read the other stories in this volume.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4415 on: March 07, 2015, 04:10:08 PM »
I took the boy into town to spend his WBD token... and saw a counterful of these.

I suspect I'll be plonking down quite a few quid there soon... Not 64, but quite a few. ;D
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« Reply #4416 on: March 07, 2015, 05:52:10 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4417 on: March 07, 2015, 06:36:38 PM »
In between schoolwork and Scripture:

The Lenten Spring by Fr. Thomas Hopko

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe

Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin

One of these is not like the others ...
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4418 on: March 07, 2015, 07:09:47 PM »
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

Not exactly Lenten reading. Lots of profanity, lurid stories, and material that inflames the gustatory passions. But it's quite fascinating.


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4419 on: March 07, 2015, 09:54:31 PM »
I'm going to finish reading through the New Testament by Monday. I'm wondering what books of the OT do you find most spiritually edifying? I'm rather embarrassed to admit that I'm not as familiar with the OT as I should be and am wondering where I should start.

In b4 someone says "Genesis."
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« Reply #4420 on: March 07, 2015, 10:08:06 PM »
I like Tobit.  8)  Imagine throwing all this into one big pot: Old Testament people/contexts (fictionalized for extra flavor), everything-has-a-happy-ending style storytelling, cool wisdom sayings/speeches, an archangel pretending to be your homie, a marriage made in heaven, kickin demon rump, some passages that will remind you of Gospel passages, and birds pooping in your eye. Awesome!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4421 on: March 07, 2015, 11:07:35 PM »
        try the Psalms for 151 takes on yourself.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4423 on: March 14, 2015, 07:21:16 PM »
Descartes: "Discourse of Method" and a couple other small excerpts
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4424 on: March 15, 2015, 07:05:26 PM »
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« Reply #4425 on: March 15, 2015, 08:01:02 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4426 on: March 15, 2015, 08:02:53 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4427 on: March 16, 2015, 02:14:39 AM »
Mystic Treatises by Isaac of Niveveh, by A.J. Wensinck

It's on the Kindle and the formatting looks absolutely hideous, but I only paid a dollar so... *shrugs*

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4428 on: March 16, 2015, 10:13:14 AM »
Started reading Children of the Mind, the last in the main Ender series.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4429 on: March 16, 2015, 03:51:16 PM »
And now I have Storm of Steel on order. 
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Re: What is everyone reading?
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Mystic Treatises by Isaac of Niveveh, by A.J. Wensinck

It's on the Kindle and the formatting looks absolutely hideous, but I only paid a dollar so... *shrugs*

I've also a few times come across poorly formatted Kindle books, sometimes even very large books lack essentials like a Table of Contents. I wish Amazon would step up their quality control.

Also, last I heard, if it hasn't been seven days since you purchased the ebook, you can return it for a refund. I returned a book that was proper, but I didn't like the author's writing style (excessive use of less common English words, the book was Triumph by Harry Crocker), and Amazon didn't even ask any questions.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4432 on: March 19, 2015, 12:09:56 PM »
Dostoevsky, by Nicholas Berdyaev
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4434 on: March 20, 2015, 12:48:32 AM »
Dostoevsky, by Nicholas Berdyaev

How is it? I love them both!


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« Reply #4435 on: March 20, 2015, 05:47:16 AM »
Dostoevsky, by Nicholas Berdyaev

How is it? I love them both!


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So far, so good.  :) I may do a mini-review of it when I'm done, along the line of some I've done here in the past. My favorite passage thus far:

"There was a dash of the spirit of Heraclitus in him: everything is heat and motion, opposition and struggle. For Dostoievsky ideas are fiery billows, never frozen categories; they are bound up with the destiny of man, of the world, of God himself. They determine those destinies. They are ontological; that is to say, comprise within themselves the very substance of being, and conceal a latent energy as destructive as dynamite--Dostoievsky shows how their explosion sends ruin all around. But they have life-giving energy as well." (p. 12)

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4436 on: March 20, 2015, 08:12:53 AM »
Dostoevsky, by Nicholas Berdyaev

How is it? I love them both!


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So far, so good.  :) I may do a mini-review of it when I'm done, along the line of some I've done here in the past. My favorite passage thus far:

"There was a dash of the spirit of Heraclitus in him: everything is heat and motion, opposition and struggle. For Dostoievsky ideas are fiery billows, never frozen categories; they are bound up with the destiny of man, of the world, of God himself. They determine those destinies. They are ontological; that is to say, comprise within themselves the very substance of being, and conceal a latent energy as destructive as dynamite--Dostoievsky shows how their explosion sends ruin all around. But they have life-giving energy as well." (p. 12)

Nice. I look forward to your full review.


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4437 on: March 20, 2015, 08:13:47 AM »
Resistance, Rebellion, and Death Essays by Albert Camus

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Re: What is everyone reading?
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LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring
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Re: What is everyone reading?
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LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
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LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\

That's one of the best parts. A slow pace, a lot of lore and an idyllic setting.

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LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?
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« Reply #4443 on: March 21, 2015, 12:24:19 PM »
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?

Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
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« Reply #4444 on: March 21, 2015, 12:28:59 PM »
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?

Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.
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« Reply #4445 on: March 21, 2015, 12:32:52 PM »
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?

Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.

Tolkien had too big a motor for his boat; that is, his literary vision was way beyond his capacity to convey it. His writing is downright dull in many places. A friend, who did her PhD on him, says he was like that as a lecturer as well - dull as ditchwater. You won't appreciate Tolkien if you stick to his words, only if you let your imagination go beyond them.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4446 on: March 21, 2015, 12:39:46 PM »
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?

Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.

Tolkien had too big a motor for his boat; that is, his literary vision was way beyond his capacity to convey it. His writing is downright dull in many places. A friend, who did her PhD on him, says he was like that as a lecturer as well - dull as ditchwater. You won't appreciate Tolkien if you stick to his words, only if you let your imagination go beyond them.
I see, thank you for the advice.  I noticed that myself even in the first few chapters of the book.

What's truly impressive is how well-developed (and involved) the lore is.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4447 on: March 21, 2015, 06:38:35 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4448 on: March 21, 2015, 07:09:26 PM »
LotR- the Fellowship of the Ring

Goodness, that dragged. 'The Council of Elrond' chapter took me literally days to wade through. :-\
Did you manage to read through the whole trilogy?

Yup. The other two books together took me less time than that first.
Thank you for your response. I'm trying to become part of a new fandom since Star Wars has basically gone south. I figure LotR is as good a franchise as any.

Tolkien had too big a motor for his boat; that is, his literary vision was way beyond his capacity to convey it. His writing is downright dull in many places. A friend, who did her PhD on him, says he was like that as a lecturer as well - dull as ditchwater. You won't appreciate Tolkien if you stick to his words, only if you let your imagination go beyond them.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4449 on: March 25, 2015, 04:48:27 PM »
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« Reply #4450 on: March 25, 2015, 04:51:59 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4451 on: March 25, 2015, 05:12:29 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4452 on: March 25, 2015, 05:20:34 PM »
Had to take a break from reading Children of the Mind.  Storm of Steel came in and I sat down to read the first paragraph and was totally engrossed.  His writing style is very poetic.  The author has a dry sense of humour and adds a sense of beauty to the horror and misery he endured.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4453 on: March 25, 2015, 05:35:41 PM »
Had to take a break from reading Children of the Mind.  Storm of Steel came in and I sat down to read the first paragraph and was totally engrossed.  His writing style is very poetic.  The author has a dry sense of humour and adds a sense of beauty to the horror and misery he endured.

I can't believe you aren't already a fan of Storm of Steel.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #4454 on: March 25, 2015, 05:37:49 PM »
Had to take a break from reading Children of the Mind.  Storm of Steel came in and I sat down to read the first paragraph and was totally engrossed.  His writing style is very poetic.  The author has a dry sense of humour and adds a sense of beauty to the horror and misery he endured.

I can't believe you aren't already a fan of Storm of Steel.

Believe it or not, I just heard of it a few months ago and take a while to get around to reading things.

(Yeah, I am late to the party seeing as it was first printed in 1920...)
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