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« Reply #540 on: September 08, 2007, 01:33:29 AM »

Philokalia Vol. #4
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« Reply #541 on: September 10, 2007, 07:33:46 PM »

Philokalia Vol. #4

Why am I not surprised that you're reading something that deep?  Wink  I'm too scared to touch it, myself.  Tongue
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« Reply #542 on: September 11, 2007, 01:04:54 PM »

Just finished "Canaries on the Rim".  Am part way through "Rising Tide" and "Windscale 1957".  Continuously reading "Discipline and Discharge in Arbitration".
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« Reply #543 on: September 12, 2007, 04:49:28 PM »

I am working on The Idiot by Dostoevsky.  It like Brothers is not the easiest book I have ever read but I am enjoying it anyway.

Please let me know when you finish this. Which translation are you using?
I can't believe how long it has taken me to get through this one - 24 pages to go...(pant, pant)
When I finally viewed online the painting by Holbein which was the catalyst for this novel, I was not as taken with it as Dostoevsky is described to have been.
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« Reply #544 on: September 13, 2007, 11:19:40 AM »

FYI, there's a great public domain audiobook library here:
http://librivox.org/

I listened to "Notes From the Underground" by Dostoyevsky, it was excellent.
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« Reply #545 on: September 13, 2007, 01:12:34 PM »

FYI, there's a great public domain audiobook library here:
http://librivox.org/

I listened to "Notes From the Underground" by Dostoyevsky, it was excellent.


An excellent read, yes; incredible, in fact, especially for the period.
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« Reply #546 on: September 13, 2007, 03:06:11 PM »

My students' tests. Wish I had time for something deeper. I need to pick up Dostoyevsky; he's been on my shelf about two years now, untouched.
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« Reply #547 on: September 13, 2007, 03:46:05 PM »

My students' tests. Wish I had time for something deeper. I need to pick up Dostoyevsky; he's been on my shelf about two years now, untouched.

Which one(s), works, that is?

I just today started my second read of his The Demons.
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« Reply #548 on: September 14, 2007, 12:32:25 AM »

My students' tests. Wish I had time for something deeper. I need to pick up Dostoyevsky; he's been on my shelf about two years now, untouched.

Hey, Y,

I knew you were a teacher (as am I), but I don't know your subject.  Please tell.

I'm in for  long weekend of reading tests myself, mainly checking Latin verb and noun paradigms.  Are your tests covering stuff so trite and boring as this?   Wish I had the time to devote to Claudius the God, which, I am sorry to say, is not as good a read as I, Claudius.
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« Reply #549 on: September 14, 2007, 07:50:24 AM »

Which one(s), works, that is?
Idiot and Brothers Karamazov. I figured these were a good place to start.

Hey, Y,

I knew you were a teacher (as am I), but I don't know your subject.  Please tell.

I'm in for  long weekend of reading tests myself, mainly checking Latin verb and noun paradigms.  Are your tests covering stuff so trite and boring as this?   Wish I had the time to devote to Claudius the God, which, I am sorry to say, is not as good a read as I, Claudius.
Oh, yes, trite. I teach languages, Spanish and English. My Spanish tests are always full of Spanish verb conjugations--it's quite similar to your tests. My English tests are mostly literature, which is interesting, but I have a couple of grammar tests each year too, and those are boring indeed. Six pages of identifying parts of speech and correcting grammatical errors in sample sentences. Grading tests has to be the second worst part of my job, but it's also one of the most important parts.
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« Reply #550 on: September 14, 2007, 10:30:52 AM »

This is just a thread to ask what everyone is reading.  Till Wendsday I will be reading nothing other than textbooks, but after that---ooh man do I ever have a stack to get through.  As soon as I am done with my finals, I am making it top priority to finish Law of God.

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Tell me how Law of God is going so far.  I've wanted to buy it for a long time, but was hesitant to drop $50.  I like the fact it's in hard cover.  I wish so many Orthodox books were bound that way.  The paperbacks get yellow and ratty with time and they are usually books you'll go back to over and over.
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« Reply #551 on: September 14, 2007, 10:34:11 AM »

I, Claudius.[/i]

I, Claudius.  The book was great, but I absolutely loved the Masterpiece Theatre adaptation in the 70's.  I was about 13 and it was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen.
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« Reply #552 on: September 14, 2007, 10:39:42 AM »

Grading tests has to be the second worst part of my job, but it's also one of the most important parts.

Now I'm curious Mr. Y.  If grading papers is the 2nd worst, what is #1?
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« Reply #553 on: September 14, 2007, 09:06:32 PM »

Disciplining kids. I hate it. Has to be done, but that doesn't mean it isn't painful.
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« Reply #554 on: September 14, 2007, 09:38:21 PM »

Disciplining kids. I hate it. Has to be done, but that doesn't mean it isn't painful.

My dad always laughs when people say how kids are disciplined now in schools then tells us a wonderful tale of Brother Augustin (Roman Catholic school, taught by monks) and his methods.   Tongue  How times have changed with just one generation...

Anyways, I'm enjoying a good, dry, technical read through of 'A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming'.  The joys of being back in class.   Wink Cheesy
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« Reply #555 on: September 18, 2007, 10:20:44 AM »

Well,  yesterday I was reading up on the "French and Indian War" for history class.
I've also been reading a "Disc World" book or two by Terry Pratchett, and a mystery set in Japan with Inspector Otani by Melville among other things

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« Reply #556 on: October 12, 2007, 05:13:41 PM »

Finally got a chance to finish Fr. Seraphim Roses's Orthodoxy and the Religion of the Future.  Very interesting to see an Orthodox father's perspective on occultism and charismatics.
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« Reply #557 on: October 12, 2007, 06:26:24 PM »

I'm on my third reading of Clarissa by Samuel Richardson.
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« Reply #558 on: October 12, 2007, 06:34:26 PM »

I just finished Kite Runner by Khaled Housseini. It is a very fast and easy read, but still a very, very sad book. 
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« Reply #559 on: October 25, 2007, 01:20:54 PM »

Started and finished J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey yesterday. My sister sent it to me and insisted I read it (the Jesus Prayer is central to the book, sort of).

I took a break from the 'Big D' -Dostoevsky - but am returning to him tonight.
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« Reply #560 on: October 25, 2007, 03:59:37 PM »

Started and finished J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey yesterday. My sister sent it to me and insisted I read it (the Jesus Prayer is central to the book, sort of).

I took a break from the 'Big D' -Dostoevsky - but am returning to him tonight.
I just read about that book today in a book I am reading (by an author who is an English professor/poet, and orthodox layman who went to Mt. Athos - can't remember the title cause it's real long)
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« Reply #561 on: October 28, 2007, 11:25:44 AM »

American History in the 1815-1824 period; the latest Naomi Novak "Temeraire" book Empire of Ivory; a study of Japanese literature in the medieval period; "Usagi Yojimbo" and others depending on where I am. (doesn't everyone have books in progress in different places?  Cheesy )

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« Reply #562 on: October 28, 2007, 04:30:52 PM »

Just finished Yarn Harlot (sort of a memoir/rant from an obsessive knitter) and have started Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  It's a story of two Chinese women using a secret language known only to Chinese women.  Pretty interested so far, though I could have done without the description of footbinding.
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« Reply #563 on: October 28, 2007, 04:58:06 PM »

I'm in the process of reading Being as Communion by John Zizioulas.  I've just started 1453 The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley.  And for fun, I'm reading Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders by John Mortimer.
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« Reply #564 on: October 29, 2007, 08:15:21 AM »

Started and finished J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey yesterday. My sister sent it to me and insisted I read it (the Jesus Prayer is central to the book, sort of).
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I love "Franny and Zooey." It's funny that Salinger is always associated in people's minds with his "Catcher in the Rye," while I believe his Glass saga is so much more mature and interesting.

I haven't been reading any fiction for quite a while, sorry... My last week's reading was all psychology and pedagogy - excerpts from a book by Lev Vygotsky and Alexander Luria, titled, "Ape. Primitive. Child."
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« Reply #565 on: October 29, 2007, 08:17:59 AM »

"Havana - Autobiography of a City"

Fascinating and another in my run of historical novels set around cities. SO far this year I ahve done Bethlehem and Jaffa
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« Reply #566 on: November 08, 2007, 08:40:46 AM »

"11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour- Armistice Day 1918, World War I and Its Violent Climax" by Joseph E. Persico

It's a collection of military archives, public records, private journal entries and letters dated 11/11/1918 which gives an extraordinary insight into the lives of British, French, American and German soldiers in the trenches on the first Armistice Day. For example, Adolf Hitler was in hospital on that day, and when he heard that Germany had surrendered, he went blind, and his medical record for the day shows a Berlin Psychiatrist's entry which described the patient as "a psychopath with hysterical symptoms".
What struck me the most was the private letters of the soldiers, especially when describing the senseless and pointless fighting which took place in the last few hours of the war.
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« Reply #567 on: November 08, 2007, 11:24:38 AM »

The Long Loneliness: the autobiography of Dorothy Day

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"11th Month, 11th Day, 11th Hour- Armistice Day 1918, World War I and Its Violent Climax" by Joseph E. Persico

It's a collection of military archives, public records, private journal entries and letters dated 11/11/1918 which gives an extraordinary insight into the lives of British, French, American and German soldiers in the trenches on the first Armistice Day. For example, Adolf Hitler was in hospital on that day, and when he heard that Germany had surrendered, he went blind, and his medical record for the day shows a Berlin Psychiatrist's entry which described the patient as "a psychopath with hysterical symptoms".
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That sounds like a very interesting book.  I'm going to look for it.

I'm reading more of my American History class text. We're up to 1820-1840. Also "Nausicaa" by Miyazaki, a volume of ranch recollections by a Montana author.

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« Reply #569 on: November 08, 2007, 02:29:40 PM »

A book that I'm working on now, that I think most here would also enjoy is Nikolai Leskov's On the Edge of the World.  It is about a missionary bishop in Siberia.  It reads sort of as a cross of Jack London and Death Comes for the Archbishop

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« Reply #570 on: November 09, 2007, 06:49:07 PM »

Just started Not of This World-The Life and Teachings of Fr. Seraphim Rose.  Just finished a second reading of Way of the Ascetics by Tito Colliander.

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« Reply #571 on: November 09, 2007, 07:08:19 PM »

On The Incarnation by St. Athanasius (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press)

Eusebius: The Church History translation and commentary by Paul L. Maier

Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation: A Source-book of the Ancient Church Edited by D.H. Williams

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« Reply #572 on: November 11, 2007, 06:32:57 PM »

Mikhail Bakhtin's essay on Rabelais (sorry guys, in Russian: http://www.philosophy.ru/library/bahtin/rable.html - Nektarios and Young Fogey will certainly appreciate, and others, but, unfortunately, not all). What a great philosopher, thinker, wow... (I mean Bakhtin, although Rabelais is of course a great philosopher as well.)
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« Reply #573 on: November 12, 2007, 11:32:45 PM »

Hello,

Primarily, I am reading textbooks right now.

I am also reading the Complete Works of Saint John of the Cross and the Holy Bible (cover to cover, on Judges now).

After the semester, I probably throw a couple other theology and/or Church Fathers on the pile (I can read 3 - 4 books at a time).

I am not much for fiction, but I'll occasionally read some Shakespeare, Dickens, poetry, etc.

I'll do that for a month, and then back to reading more textbooks.
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« Reply #574 on: November 13, 2007, 12:39:07 AM »

I am taking a break from theological stuff for a while. I just finished the book Forrest Gump. It's good, but completely different from the movie (in a good way).
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« Reply #575 on: November 13, 2007, 12:43:01 AM »

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Life of Moses/ by Gregory of Nyssa/ Paulist Press

The Fathers of the Church/ St. John Chrysostom Homilies on Genesis/ Catholic University Press.

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« Reply #577 on: November 30, 2007, 11:48:50 PM »

I'm currently a quarter way through Father Seraphim Rose:His Life and Works. It is a very interesting read.
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« Reply #578 on: December 01, 2007, 03:14:15 PM »

Fr. Seraphim Rose is indeed an interesting figure. 

I'm currently working on Bill Bryson's The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America
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« Reply #579 on: December 01, 2007, 03:21:04 PM »

I have borrowed the first ever work on Orthodoxy in Swedish I have come across:
"Min Ortodoxa tro" (My Orthodox faith) by Johannes Seppälä.

It's a relief to read a real book instead of all the "Internet-Orthodoxy".

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« Reply #580 on: December 01, 2007, 03:44:45 PM »

"Orality and Literacy" by Fr. Walter Ong (1982).

A fantastic read. It points out how our very consciousness has changed as a result of moving from an oral to a print culture - and the last points out how this affected Western Christendom as well.
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« Reply #581 on: December 01, 2007, 09:27:41 PM »

This is just a thread to ask what everyone is reading.  Till Wendsday I will be reading nothing other than textbooks, but after that---ooh man do I ever have a stack to get through.  As soon as I am done with my finals, I am making it top priority to finish Law of God.

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« Reply #582 on: December 01, 2007, 10:07:38 PM »

Tea leaves.  This one says "Made in China".  Big surprise there. Wink
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« Reply #583 on: December 02, 2007, 06:14:33 PM »

"Orality and Literacy" by Fr. Walter Ong (1982).

A fantastic read. It points out how our very consciousness has changed as a result of moving from an oral to a print culture - and the last points out how this affected Western Christendom as well.

Wow.  I read that when I was in grad school when I was taking a bunch of courses on oral tradition.  If I may suggest, Eugenio, a few other titles you may wish to read in relation to Ong.

1)  Albert Lord, The Singer of Tales
2)  John M. Foley, The Theory of Oral Composition
3)  John M. Foley, Oral Tradition

Dr. Foley, a professor of mine at the University of MIssouri is one of the leading authorities on oral tradition in the world (he writes a new book on the subject about every 2 years) and was a student of Lord, who, in turn was a student of Milman Parry, whose doctoral dissertation back in 1928 laid the groundwork for the Iliad as an oral poem which then precipitated a number of studies on oral poetry.  Lord went to the former Yugoslavia for some practical field work in that area, but now, the study of oral composition has become almost universal.  The poetry-myths of Tibet, the near/far East, Native American Culture, Africa are now all being actively engaged for study of this wonderful phenomenon.
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« Reply #584 on: December 02, 2007, 06:55:43 PM »

Tea leaves.  This one says "Made in China".  Big surprise there. Wink

Watch out for lead content.  Wink
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