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"Some people only feel good when they are praising the Lord." - Coptic bishop

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6121 on: February 14, 2019, 02:27:39 AM »


I think I tried reading this once before but got sidetracked very quickly into other stuff. I remember Fr. John Behr referencing this often in one of his works, so I (still) have high expectations...
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« Reply #6122 on: February 20, 2019, 04:24:45 PM »
Estories.com has a free copy of "Commentary on the Sermon on the Mount" by St. John Chrysostom. It's probably from Librivox.org. If anyone wants it, it's here: https://www.estories.com/audiobook/7562/St-John-Chrysostom/Sermon-on-the-Mount-The---Commentary
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« Reply #6123 on: February 24, 2019, 06:55:19 PM »
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« Reply #6124 on: March 07, 2019, 02:36:51 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6125 on: March 07, 2019, 09:07:37 AM »
Let me know how it is. I still want to get in to Ballard.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6126 on: March 07, 2019, 01:58:57 PM »


Slightly dated (mid-1990s) feminist theology. Borrowed it from the library at the food pantry* where I spend my Wednesday mornings. About a third of the way through. The author intended it to be an intentional middle-way between traditionalists and radicals.

The author makes some good pastoral points and even borrows from apophatic theology when discussing how we discuss God (paraphrase: We cannot read back into God the image of him that we see in his creation), but some of her discussions of the Hebrew names of God lean a little too much into this word could possibly be interpreted this way.


*The pantry is located in a church that was built during better times in the community and supported a much larger congregation. The decline has matched that of the general population in the city, and now the pantry is by far the church's biggest ministry. One of the remaining members told me I could borrow whatever I wanted.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6127 on: March 07, 2019, 04:43:22 PM »
What I've been reading since October:

Between Faith and Thought: An Essay on the Ontotheological Condition
Heidegger on Ontotheology: Technology and the Politics of Education
Plotinus or the Simplicity of Vision
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6128 on: March 13, 2019, 06:58:54 AM »
'Viking Atrocity and Skaldic Verse: The Rite of the Blood Eagle', by Roberta Frank. One of the most engrossing papers I've ever read.
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« Reply #6129 on: March 13, 2019, 08:32:03 AM »
The Orthodox Reality: Culture, Theology, and Ethics in the Modern World

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6130 on: March 15, 2019, 11:22:36 AM »
Just finished To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it over 30 years ago in High School and wanted to revisit the work again as an adult. Interesting the perspective you get as a teen and grown up.

Now reading - The Buffalo Creek Disaster: How the Survivors of One of the Worst Disasters in Coal-Mining History Brought Suit against the Coal Company - and Won. By Gerald M. Stern
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« Reply #6131 on: March 16, 2019, 04:07:08 PM »
Let me know how it is. I still want to get in to Ballard.

I like it in general, but sometimes it goes overboard for my taste, just too into the weeds in trying to explain or detail things. For example it has some dialogue about genetic memory, which is fine given the context (post-apocalypse with the environment reversing to earlier geological periods), but then we get stuff like this:

"Each one of us is as old as the entire biological kingdom, and our bloodstreams are tributaries of the entire great seas of its total memory. The uterine odyssey of the growing foetus recapitulates the entire evolutionary past, and its central nervous system is a coded time-scale, each nexus of neurones and such spinal level marking a symbolic station, a unit of neuronic time. The further down the CNS you move, from the hind-brain through the medulla into the spinal cord, you descended back into the neuronic past. For example, the junction between the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, between T-12 and L-1, is the great zone of transit between the gill-breathing fish and the air-breathing amphibians with their respiratory rib-cages, the very junction where we stand now on the shores of this lagoon, between the Paleozoic and Triassic eras."
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6132 on: March 16, 2019, 04:12:39 PM »
Wow, lol. It's like the Architect speech before the Architect.

Thanks. I might pick it up.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6133 on: March 16, 2019, 06:26:37 PM »
I finished Brave New World.

I’m one of the few privileged Americans to have read both Brave New World and 1984. For most, it seems one or the other.

But anyways, I’ve read Zamyatin’s “We,” which was the source of inspiration for Orwell, who accused Huxley of stealing the plot of We in Brave New World.

Huxley denied it, but Orwell called him a liar.

While I think Huxley was original enough to not just be a copy and paste of “We,” ... I find it hard to believe that Huxley wasn’t inspired to some degree.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6134 on: March 16, 2019, 10:55:29 PM »
I've read all three myself. I think We is my favorite overall. Then Brave, then 1984.
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« Reply #6135 on: March 16, 2019, 11:09:25 PM »
St. Gregory of Nyssa: On The Soul And The Resurrection, for Thursday Morning Men's Group.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6136 on: March 16, 2019, 11:19:03 PM »
I finished Brave New World.

I’m one of the few privileged Americans to have read both Brave New World and 1984. For most, it seems one or the other.

But anyways, I’ve read Zamyatin’s “We,” which was the source of inspiration for Orwell, who accused Huxley of stealing the plot of We in Brave New World.

Huxley denied it, but Orwell called him a liar.

While I think Huxley was original enough to not just be a copy and paste of “We,” ... I find it hard to believe that Huxley wasn’t inspired to some degree.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6137 on: March 16, 2019, 11:22:46 PM »
I've read all three myself. I think We is my favorite overall. Then Brave, then 1984.

Haven't read "We". But out of the two, Huxley's characters in Brave are more human seeming than Orwell's in 1984.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6138 on: March 17, 2019, 09:15:20 AM »
I've read all three myself. I think We is my favorite overall. Then Brave, then 1984.

What are your thoughts of Huxley’s Accusations? And why is We your favorite? (Brave is my favorite, then We, then 1984)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6139 on: March 17, 2019, 01:32:37 PM »
It's been a long time. I remember thinking that We was more similar to Orwell than Huxley (especially in the "guy get's redpilled by manic pixie angry girl" aspect and the plot point of the quaint little out of the way house). I'm not sure you can really make a case for plagiarism regarding either, though. I need to go back through all three of them.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6140 on: March 17, 2019, 04:45:39 PM »
Geographische Anthropologie by Bertil Lundman arrived yesterday on the mail. Nice book.
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« Reply #6141 on: March 18, 2019, 11:30:28 AM »
"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." ~ Igor Stravinsky ~

I wonder how many variants of that quote are attributed to various people. E.g. T.S. Eliot is often attributed to saying the same thing except about poets.

But I guess it could be a matter of lots of people stealing the quote. ;)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6142 on: March 18, 2019, 11:37:30 AM »
Gary Macy's "The Hidden History of Women's Ordination: Female Clergy in the Medieval West"

The title makes it sound like a work of advocacy — and some groups try to use it as such — but when you read the book it is just a historical survey of references to women's ordination and their context (while the work does discuss prysbeteria and deaconesses, it also discusses things like the 'ordination' of abbesses). He also discusses how the definition and standards of what constituted "ordination" itself changed during the Middle Ages as theological language became more precise.
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« Reply #6143 on: March 18, 2019, 01:40:53 PM »
"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." ~ Igor Stravinsky ~

I wonder how many variants of that quote are attributed to various people. E.g. T.S. Eliot is often attributed to saying the same thing except about poets.

But I guess it could be a matter of lots of people stealing the quote. ;)

Bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy lol.
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« Reply #6144 on: March 18, 2019, 08:46:22 PM »
"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." ~ Igor Stravinsky ~

I wonder how many variants of that quote are attributed to various people. E.g. T.S. Eliot is often attributed to saying the same thing except about poets.

But I guess it could be a matter of lots of people stealing the quote. ;)

Yeah. I think Picasso said something similar as well.

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« Reply #6145 on: March 19, 2019, 05:55:19 AM »
"Good artists borrow. Great artists steal." ~ Igor Stravinsky ~

I wonder how many variants of that quote are attributed to various people. E.g. T.S. Eliot is often attributed to saying the same thing except about poets.

But I guess it could be a matter of lots of people stealing the quote. ;)

Yeah. I think Picasso said something similar as well.

Selam

There's also the uncredited 'Nine words the eclectic rede attest: steal what works, fix what's broke, fake the rest'.
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« Reply #6146 on: March 29, 2019, 06:52:09 AM »
The end of this month marks my 10th anniversary on Goodreads, and I was looking forward to crunching some numbers and see how my reading habits have developed over time. Of course, recently Goodreads up and removed the 'most read authors' link, as well as a couple more stats tools, so I had to round them up by hand. There was only a couple of surprises, namely, authors that I thought would make it into the top 10 and didn't, because someone else sneaked into a higher position.

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6th place - 12 books: Peter Lancett
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« Reply #6147 on: March 30, 2019, 10:45:05 PM »
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« Reply #6148 on: March 31, 2019, 12:15:46 AM »
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« Reply #6150 on: April 05, 2019, 12:49:41 PM »
Started The Brothers Karamazov last night.

I know an Orthodox Priest who said this book was highly influential on his move into Orthodoxy. He read the entire book in almost one sitting. I've been looking forward to exploring it for a long time.
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« Reply #6151 on: April 11, 2019, 03:57:28 AM »
I've been listening to the audiobook of Zebrowski and Pellegrino's The Killing Star

I also started David Peterson's The Art of Language Invention
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« Reply #6152 on: April 11, 2019, 11:09:31 AM »
Mostly fanfiction. Big fandom event in progress, lots to keep up with.
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« Reply #6153 on: April 11, 2019, 10:46:09 PM »
Started The Brothers Karamazov last night.

I know an Orthodox Priest who said this book was highly influential on his move into Orthodoxy. He read the entire book in almost one sitting. I've been looking forward to exploring it for a long time.

Wonderful book! Prophetic!

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6154 on: April 13, 2019, 09:28:51 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6155 on: April 16, 2019, 08:51:29 AM »
Werewolves Versus Fascism. (Not putting up the cover, as it's a tad too graphic for the venue.) Probably going through the rest of the issues afterwards.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6156 on: April 16, 2019, 12:47:46 PM »
Aren't wolves technically fascist because they follow hierarchy, with an Alpha Male and Alpha Female leading the pack?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6157 on: April 16, 2019, 01:17:54 PM »
Aren't wolves technically fascist because they follow hierarchy, with an Alpha Male and Alpha Female leading the pack?

Someone needs to brush up on werewolves... and Werewolf Versus, probably.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6158 on: April 16, 2019, 01:18:36 PM »
But all hierarchy is fascism apparently!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6159 on: April 16, 2019, 01:31:28 PM »
Aren't wolves technically fascist because they follow hierarchy, with an Alpha Male and Alpha Female leading the pack?

Someone needs to brush up on werewolves... and Werewolf Versus, probably.

I would say that it depends on what universe you are using - especially the disgusting "Alpha Male Romance Novels" - but considering that many characteristics of werewolves are derived from actual wolves, I still find it ironic.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6160 on: April 16, 2019, 01:34:11 PM »
Aren't wolves technically fascist because they follow hierarchy, with an Alpha Male and Alpha Female leading the pack?

Someone needs to brush up on werewolves... and Werewolf Versus, probably.

I would say that it depends on what universe you are using - especially the disgusting "Alpha Male Romance Novels" - but considering that many characteristics of werewolves are derived from actual wolves, I still find it ironic.

That's why reading Werewolf Versus can be an enlightening experience. :)
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6161 on: April 16, 2019, 01:38:37 PM »
But all hierarchy is fascism apparently!

No, not you Iconodule! Don't tell me you are a misogynistic / racist fascist as well!
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Re: What is everyone reading?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6163 on: April 16, 2019, 02:59:49 PM »
'Armageddon's Children,' Terry Brooks.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #6164 on: April 17, 2019, 07:44:18 AM »
NVM going to make a thread instead...
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