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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5580 on: December 13, 2017, 12:52:47 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5581 on: December 13, 2017, 07:43:06 PM »
Before that, I read "The Apology of Socrates", by Plato.

I had some thoughts about that, also.
Did Socrates serve God? If so, could Socrates be saved? If so, how was Socrates saved?
These are all very confusing thoughts for a very Old Protestant (I'll be 42 come August 28, 2018.)
Amazing book. I believe Socrates was a very holy man, even though he was far from God's main revelation in Israel. I believe there's a saint who said Plato was the first Pagan to convert in the descent of Christ to Hades.
Some of the commentary suggested that Plato may have "brightened" his (Socrates') image, somewhat.
I suppose there are other ways Socrates might be saved, however, like the common saying today is that God can commune anyone whom He would like to, or by reference to the general resurrection.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5582 on: December 15, 2017, 04:42:53 PM »
The Disaster Artist

This turned out to be a downer. It's one of those autobiographical books where the author spends time defending himself, and often comes off like a butthole because of (rather than in spite of) his defenses. More importantly, I have to agree with several reviewers that it seems like there are some serious mental illness or brain damage issues going on with Tommy Wiseau, making it (at the very least) in poor taste to mock his work or laugh at him.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5583 on: December 15, 2017, 05:01:29 PM »
The Disaster Artist

This turned out to be a downer. It's one of those autobiographical books where the author spends time defending himself, and often comes off like a butthole because of (rather than in spite of) his defenses. More importantly, I have to agree with several reviewers that it seems like there are some serious mental illness or brain damage issues going on with Tommy Wiseau, making it (at the very least) in poor taste to mock his work or laugh at him.

Might partly explain why he's so reticent to admit he's from Poland. Maybe got a lot of Pollock jokes when he first immigrated as a lad.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5585 on: December 29, 2017, 11:41:08 PM »


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5586 on: December 30, 2017, 02:36:37 AM »


I got that last Christmas and still haven't found time to open it.  Let me know what you think.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5587 on: December 30, 2017, 02:37:33 AM »
Nicholas Cabasilas' Commentary on the Divine Liturgy.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5588 on: December 30, 2017, 03:34:27 AM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5589 on: December 30, 2017, 09:18:12 AM »
Comic book The Arab of the Future (the 1st part) by Riad Sattouf.

Nicely drawn, interesting observations of a child born from French mother and Syrian father of Libia, France and Syria (well, manily its rural areas) of the late 70s and early 80s. At first glancve it seems quite scarrying. But ten I realised that at that time in Poland there was Martial Law in Poland, and Serbian villages were probaly not so far in look and mentality to the Serian ones.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5590 on: December 30, 2017, 09:21:13 AM »
Some of my Christmas loot:

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5591 on: December 30, 2017, 11:46:29 AM »
Just finished Murder on the Orient Express / Agatha Christie.  I am only now discovering that it is fun reading her mysteries.  I also wanted to read how the original story went since the movie came out recently.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5592 on: December 30, 2017, 03:31:32 PM »
I began reading this book and I would appreciate any feedback from those who have heard of/read the book or the author.

As an attempt for me to see another way to read the Bible, I began reading this book called How To Read The Bible and Still Be A Christian by John Dominic Crossan.

It is interesting so far, I don't agree with everything he said, but the things I agree with or at least neutral about have opened my eyes to new ways of reading the Creation story, the "Fall", Adam and Eve, and the Flood. He will discuss Jesus Christ and compare the nonviolent Jesus portrayed in the Gospels and the violent Jesus portrayed in the book of Revelation in later chapters that I didn't get to yet, but based on the introduction, he seems to believe that the Christ of the Gospels is the real Jesus, while the Jesus of Revelation is the creation of man and their desire for revenge.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5593 on: December 30, 2017, 06:25:44 PM »
@Arachne

I love Horrible histories and Bob Hale  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Here is a video I enjoyed  / Horrible Histories - The Catholic Report with Bob Hale

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5594 on: December 30, 2017, 06:45:40 PM »
"The Plantagenets," by Dan Jones, "Death in the Air" by Kate Dawson, and "The Lives of Saints" by Sebastian Dabovich.
My only weakness is, well, never mind

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5595 on: December 30, 2017, 06:50:00 PM »
@Arachne

I love Horrible histories and Bob Hale  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 
Here is a video I enjoyed  / Horrible Histories - The Catholic Report with Bob Hale

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ze965

I'm missing a few of the original books, but I have all the annuals (it's always a good year when there is one out), the complete run of the TV show + specials, and even the side projects the team worked on (Yonderland and Bill). I suspect I might be a wee bit addicted to that crew.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5596 on: January 01, 2018, 07:58:27 AM »
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh [Selected by Ronald de Leeuw and translated by Arnold Pomerans] Penguin Classics edition

Amazing stuff. The man's pen was as deep as his paintbrush.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5597 on: January 01, 2018, 05:22:27 PM »


What do you think of this book? I'm planning on reading it sometime soon.

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5598 on: January 02, 2018, 06:39:06 AM »


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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5599 on: January 03, 2018, 03:01:37 AM »
Charles Dickens, "Dombey and Son". True story.

I read at least half of it already, but I lost the book and didn't like not finishing it. It's rather good English.

I've also read:
Dombey and Son
The Pickwick Papers
Little Dorrit
Oliver Twist (including the end)
Our Mutual Friend

I don't remember if I've read any others or not. Due to my advanced age, no doubt.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5600 on: January 04, 2018, 06:32:14 PM »
Lolita, by Nabokov

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5601 on: January 04, 2018, 06:46:01 PM »
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5602 on: January 08, 2018, 05:04:16 PM »
Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather

About the hardships/doings of two French Catholic missionaries (a priest and a bishop) in the mid-19th century who are sent to New Mexico shortly after it became part of the U.S.  Good stuff, though I'll admit that part of the fun for me is thinking about how certain Catholics* I've seen on the internet would respond to the situations.


*I'm thinking of those who consider holding strictly to the letter of the law to be far above any and all pastoral or contexual factors

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5603 on: January 13, 2018, 02:56:01 AM »
The Disaster Artist

This turned out to be a downer. It's one of those autobiographical books where the author spends time defending himself, and often comes off like a butthole because of (rather than in spite of) his defenses. More importantly, I have to agree with several reviewers that it seems like there are some serious mental illness or brain damage issues going on with Tommy Wiseau, making it (at the very least) in poor taste to mock his work or laugh at him.

I won't try and defend Greg Sestero (mostly because I've not read the book), but isn't that kind of patronizing/dehumanizing to Wiseau? Even if he is mentally ill, lots of mentally ill people know not to make arrogant asses of themselves the way he has over the years. He's at least self-aware enough to try and backpedal in the face of the laughter and claim that "the Room was a comedy all along."
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5604 on: January 16, 2018, 02:59:08 PM »
We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour

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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5605 on: January 16, 2018, 03:37:20 PM »
We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour

I had to read a Latour article for a Lit Crit class, made absolutely no sense to me. Too bad it was assigned at the end of the semester, we fell behind in the schedule and didn't get to actually discuss it in class.

My best guess as to what he was saying- We can't prove things like the Holocaust or global warming because postmodernism, but we should believe in them anyway because it's moral and useful to do so.

Then again, this was a few years ago and I zoned out several times while trying to make it through. I could be misrepresenting his argument. I'd go back and re-read it, but I only ever read it online and the school scrubs the materials of old classes (assuming I could even get back on the network as a graduate).
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5606 on: January 17, 2018, 04:06:42 AM »
We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour

I had to read a Latour article for a Lit Crit class, made absolutely no sense to me. Too bad it was assigned at the end of the semester, we fell behind in the schedule and didn't get to actually discuss it in class.

My best guess as to what he was saying- We can't prove things like the Holocaust or global warming because postmodernism, but we should believe in them anyway because it's moral and useful to do so.

Then again, this was a few years ago and I zoned out several times while trying to make it through. I could be misrepresenting his argument. I'd go back and re-read it, but I only ever read it online and the school scrubs the materials of old classes (assuming I could even get back on the network as a graduate).
I never heard of the book, yet it describes me completely. I like this *Latour (like "grrr"). 9/9
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Re: What is everyone reading?
« Reply #5607 on: Today at 09:11:34 AM »
Saga, volume 8.
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Re: What is everyone reading?
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The Suprahuman Secret novella series, by Milo James Fowler. Getting towards the end of #2 and pondering whether to buy #3 and #4 immediately or wait for them to be marked down.
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