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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5625 on: February 20, 2018, 04:22:29 PM »
Let me know how that is. Contemplation (as distinguished from theological pondering) is a concept I've never really understood all that well, most likely to my detriment.
It's superb, highly recommend it. Concise and easy to read. Would recommend as an introduction into the beginning of the Christian spiritual life.

I picked up his other book today, will start that soon.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5626 on: February 20, 2018, 08:07:40 PM »
Thanks.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5627 on: February 21, 2018, 06:50:46 PM »
Eucharistic Ontology
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5628 on: February 21, 2018, 07:17:39 PM »


Crying so hard right now. :laugh:
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5629 on: February 26, 2018, 04:04:02 PM »
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany. I didn't expect post-apocalyptic sci-fi to be this dreamlike. I can see why it's been compared to the Magical Realists of Latin America.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5630 on: February 26, 2018, 04:05:51 PM »
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That looks really interesting. How much St. Maximus have you read and do you think one needs to have read a lot of him to understand Fr. Loudovikos's arguments?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5631 on: February 26, 2018, 04:15:26 PM »
Mencius said, “Instruction makes use of many techniques. When I do not deign to instruct someone, that too is a form of instruction.”

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5632 on: February 26, 2018, 04:22:03 PM »
Hey, Icondoule, what's your favorite translation of Journey to the West? I bought the Anthony C. Yu translation but haven't read it yet.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5633 on: February 26, 2018, 04:25:38 PM »
I couldn't begin to say. I read an abridged version ages ago and don't even remember who wrote that. I need to read it properly.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5634 on: February 26, 2018, 05:15:36 PM »
I couldn't begin to say. I read an abridged version ages ago and don't even remember who wrote that. I need to read it properly.

I don't blame you. The version I've got is four thickish volumes.


Maybe I'll just watch Dragonball again...


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5635 on: February 26, 2018, 07:19:21 PM »
Still reading "Death in the Air," by Kate Dawson.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5636 on: March 11, 2018, 12:37:11 PM »
Starting on two new books that my son has picked up - one he picked at a World Book Day event at his school (signed by the author, no less) and the one he chose to spend his WBD token on.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5637 on: March 11, 2018, 12:50:36 PM »
"The Hobbit." I got a new box set of "The Lord of the Rings," the latest of many I have owned throughout my life, which means I have to start over from the very beginning.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5638 on: March 14, 2018, 12:43:01 PM »
I've finished reading of Ravished Armenia (in Polish translation Rzezie chrześcijan w Armenii) by Aurora Mardiganian that has survived the Genocide, so decribed all the suffering and the happening of the Genocide she had witnessed. I'm really touched. The numbers don't so much, as these decriptions. So I'm now more glad that the Armenian Orthodox Church canonised the victims of the Genocide.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5639 on: March 14, 2018, 04:31:51 PM »
Andre Aciman - Call Me By Your Name

Saw the movie recently and it was the best movie I've seen for a while. Just had buy the book when I saw the book was only 5€ on Google Books. The movie was comparable to Torka Aldrig Tårar Utan Handskar (No idea whether it has spread to the US nor English title) TV series I Saw a years ago. Rarely one sees a movie where the dialogue and characters were actually realistic.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5640 on: March 25, 2018, 10:35:33 PM »
Reading a Bogleech article on the old "Holders" creepypasta series (warning for some graphic/gross parts).

Holder of the Western Seas is so cheesy and dumb that I love-hate it.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5641 on: March 27, 2018, 02:09:39 AM »
Interesting article about the folly of churches constantly falling all over themselves to court Millennials.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5642 on: March 27, 2018, 09:38:29 AM »
^That is an interesting article.  I am going to send it to some I know, so that we never get to the place of over selling.

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« Reply #5643 on: March 27, 2018, 04:53:07 PM »
BZZT [you saw nothing]
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5644 on: March 27, 2018, 05:27:46 PM »
I'm reading 'Trump is (blank) Crazy,' by Keith Olbermann.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5645 on: March 27, 2018, 05:37:47 PM »
Original subtitle- "In Which a Pot Remarks Upon the Ebon Hues to be Found on the Outside of a Kettle."
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5646 on: March 27, 2018, 05:43:55 PM »
Original subtitle- "In Which a Pot Remarks Upon the Ebon Hues to be Found on the Outside of a Kettle."

Oh yeah?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5647 on: March 27, 2018, 07:25:36 PM »
Original subtitle- "In Which a Pot Remarks Upon the Ebon Hues to be Found on the Outside of a Kettle."

Oh yeah?

I agree more with him than I do Trump, but Olbermann can be just as a unhinged in his ranting.
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« Reply #5648 on: March 27, 2018, 08:08:45 PM »
Original subtitle- "In Which a Pot Remarks Upon the Ebon Hues to be Found on the Outside of a Kettle."

Oh yeah?

I agree more with him than I do Trump, but Olbermann can be just as a unhinged in his ranting.

I don't think so.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5651 on: April 03, 2018, 05:51:03 PM »
I'm guessing it's a little more in-depth than the Discovery Channel shows on the same topic?
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« Reply #5652 on: April 03, 2018, 07:20:03 PM »
I would guess so, but I've only seen bits and pieces of that show, so I'm basing that guess more on the reputation of cable 'learning' shows in general. Having said that, I'm not sure exactly how much I trust the author yet, as he says things at times that seem like an exaggeration. For example he speaks of an 'unmanaged' forest in Eastern Europe, basically the last of its kind he says, comparing it very unfavorably to the 'managed' forests throughout the rest of Europe, and he says that "all Europe once looked like this" unmanaged forest. Thing is, I've walked through 'unmanaged' forests all my life and none of them look at all like what he described with the super-amazing-unmanaged forest looking/being like. I don't doubt that there were many more forests like he describes, but I do question the claim that pretty much every forest on the entire continent was like this super-amazing one. It just smacks of 'things were better before HUMANS screwed everything up!!!" environmental romanticism; there's enough human destruction in the realm of fact, doesn't seem like exaggerations are necessary.
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« Reply #5653 on: April 03, 2018, 08:18:10 PM »
I would guess so, but I've only seen bits and pieces of that show, so I'm basing that guess more on the reputation of cable 'learning' shows in general. Having said that, I'm not sure exactly how much I trust the author yet, as he says things at times that seem like an exaggeration. For example he speaks of an 'unmanaged' forest in Eastern Europe, basically the last of its kind he says, comparing it very unfavorably to the 'managed' forests throughout the rest of Europe, and he says that "all Europe once looked like this" unmanaged forest. Thing is, I've walked through 'unmanaged' forests all my life and none of them look at all like what he described with the super-amazing-unmanaged forest looking/being like. I don't doubt that there were many more forests like he describes, but I do question the claim that pretty much every forest on the entire continent was like this super-amazing one. It just smacks of 'things were better before HUMANS screwed everything up!!!" environmental romanticism; there's enough human destruction in the realm of fact, doesn't seem like exaggerations are necessary.

Makes sense.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5654 on: April 03, 2018, 09:08:03 PM »
"The Mabinogion," a book of Welsh legends.
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« Reply #5655 on: April 08, 2018, 04:15:59 PM »
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

This? This is the book almost everyone praises to the heavens? What am I missing?

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« Reply #5656 on: April 08, 2018, 05:29:53 PM »
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

This? This is the book almost everyone praises to the heavens? What am I missing?

I dunno. I've got a copy but I still need to read it.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5657 on: April 08, 2018, 07:48:49 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/Desert-Fathers-Sayings-Christian-Classics/dp/0140447318

About 60.pages through.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5658 on: April 15, 2018, 12:24:03 AM »
Modern Greece : What Everyone Needs to Know / Stathis N. Kalyvas

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« Reply #5659 on: April 15, 2018, 02:11:17 PM »
Started reading A. E. van Vogt's Voyage of the Space Beagle. Three chapters in and I can already see the ways in which it influenced Alien, but it's also got so much that's totally unique to it. I love the Coeurl as a character and as a creature design, too.
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« Reply #5660 on: April 15, 2018, 02:32:15 PM »
Over our time away, young one and I read plenty of Rogue One backstories.



By myself, I've started on some more M:tA fiction.

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« Reply #5661 on: April 15, 2018, 02:43:53 PM »
Why do the Whills need guardians? I thought they were supposed to be nigh-omnipotent.
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« Reply #5662 on: April 15, 2018, 02:53:43 PM »
Why do the Whills need guardians? I thought they were supposed to be nigh-omnipotent.

The Whills themselves might or might not need guardians, but their Disciples likely do.
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« Reply #5663 on: April 15, 2018, 03:03:09 PM »
Why do the Whills need guardians? I thought they were supposed to be nigh-omnipotent.

The Whills themselves might or might not need guardians, but their Disciples likely do.

Ah.
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« Reply #5664 on: April 15, 2018, 07:18:16 PM »
A biography of Gen. Sherman.
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« Reply #5665 on: April 15, 2018, 08:44:07 PM »
I'm not sure why the $85 Oxford University Press book The Human Condition in Hilary of Poitiers: The Will and Original Sin between Origen and Augustine, is being sold on the Target and Kmart websites... but I certainly don't disapprove ??? ;D

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« Reply #5666 on: April 16, 2018, 05:11:17 PM »
God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism, by Abraham Joshua Heschel




My wariness with this subsided. Also, a lot of it is about the environment and animals in general, not just in apocalypse-like scenarios, since 'the world without us' could just as easily be about situations in which humans never existed to begin with, or didn't spread across the world and massively increase in population.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5667 on: April 16, 2018, 05:20:22 PM »
Ah, interesting. I might pick that up if only to help me craft alien ecosystems for fiction, then!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5668 on: April 16, 2018, 07:37:01 PM »
I'm not sure why the $85 Oxford University Press book The Human Condition in Hilary of Poitiers: The Will and Original Sin between Origen and Augustine, is being sold on the Target and Kmart websites... but I certainly don't disapprove ??? ;D
Kmart could do an annoying popup: "Attention Kmart shoppers, there's a Blue Light Special in the Patristics Department!" ;D
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5669 on: April 16, 2018, 08:25:40 PM »
A lot of things. Includes Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, and The Once and Future King by T.S. Eliot.
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