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« Reply #2745 on: December 18, 2012, 10:05:40 AM »

Well since no one was interested in my last post...  Tongue

I'm going to do a program of reading through all the works of Albert Camus and taking notes. I expect a treasure trove of psychological and philosophical insights. (<-- I'm serious, but I figured that'd make you laugh 'norm  Grin )

Strangely enough the day you wrote this, I was looking at a youtube video and the first recommended video for me was:

Albert Camus on Nihilism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rT8CunsWPY

I don't do much youtubeing, so I have no idea why this was recommended. It's really not worth looking at. You guessed correctly, I am not much of a Camus fan. The video is an interview primarily about his stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Demons.
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« Reply #2746 on: December 18, 2012, 10:22:49 AM »

For instance, you can read 1 book per week, 

Just ONE?!?!? 

Aigggghhh. Book starvation!

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« Reply #2747 on: December 18, 2012, 10:28:25 AM »

LOL. Well you could aim for more of course. Though with some of the theological books I don't think I'd want to do more than one a week. It'd probably take me about 12 hours to read a 150,000 word book. That'd be quite enough pleasure reading for me in a week, considering that I'd also have reading from college  Grin
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« Reply #2748 on: December 18, 2012, 10:41:55 AM »

Finished Plato's Republic.

Been reading some classic weird tales:

"The Wendigo" and "The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood

"The White People" by Arthur Machen (an old favorite of mine)

Also read a children's book from the Irish renaissance, The Boy Who Knew What the Birds Said by Padraic Colum. Excellent, though not as great as his The King of Ireland's Son.

Just started St. Dionysius' On the Divine Names.
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« Reply #2749 on: December 19, 2012, 06:04:30 AM »

Well since no one was interested in my last post...  Tongue

I'm going to do a program of reading through all the works of Albert Camus and taking notes. I expect a treasure trove of psychological and philosophical insights. (<-- I'm serious, but I figured that'd make you laugh 'norm  Grin )

Strangely enough the day you wrote this, I was looking at a youtube video and the first recommended video for me was:

Albert Camus on Nihilism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rT8CunsWPY

I don't do much youtubeing, so I have no idea why this was recommended. It's really not worth looking at. You guessed correctly, I am not much of a Camus fan. The video is an interview primarily about his stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Demons.

I don't know how it works either, but thanks for the link Smiley
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« Reply #2750 on: December 19, 2012, 06:16:22 AM »

Finished Plato's Republic.

That's a very good book.

Just started St. Dionysius' On the Divine Names.

I can see you have good taste.
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« Reply #2751 on: December 19, 2012, 06:20:27 AM »

I can see you have a good taste.

There shouldn't be an "a" in there... angel
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« Reply #2752 on: December 19, 2012, 06:21:29 AM »

I can see you have a good taste.

There shouldn't be "a" in there. Really, really there shouldn't.  angel

LOL!

Still chuckling over The Republic being a very good book.
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« Reply #2753 on: December 19, 2012, 06:23:23 AM »

I can see you have a good taste.

There shouldn't be an "a" in there... angel

Ow, ok. Thanks

I can see you have good taste.

There shouldn't be "a" in there. Really, really there shouldn't.  angel

LOL!

Still chuckling over The Republic being a very good book.

Why wouldn't it be a good book?
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« Reply #2754 on: December 23, 2012, 06:03:44 AM »

Almost done reading "The Greek Fathers" by Adrian Fortescue.
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« Reply #2755 on: December 26, 2012, 08:04:20 PM »

A Storm of Swords (Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire), by George R.R. Martin.
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« Reply #2756 on: December 27, 2012, 01:23:22 PM »

St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography, Fr. John McGuckin

This is about the 6th time I've read this book... absolutely love it.
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« Reply #2757 on: December 27, 2012, 01:54:06 PM »

You people read too much.
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« Reply #2758 on: December 27, 2012, 01:55:48 PM »

Reading is the spice of life for those whose life has no spice Smiley
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« Reply #2759 on: December 27, 2012, 02:51:10 PM »

What is this 'life' you speak of? Cheesy
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« Reply #2760 on: December 27, 2012, 04:21:33 PM »

Reading is the spice of life for those whose life has no spice Smiley

Do audiobooks count?

What I am not reading is another odd suggestion by youtube. Google thinks it knows me.

Pirated version of Nietzsche in 90 Minutes.

Google / youtube is no Netflix.

The greatest thing about Netflix is that it's has become so clear it absolutely knows what I like that it saves me the time of watching movies and television.
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« Reply #2761 on: December 27, 2012, 06:00:26 PM »

Reading is life

Fixed that for you.
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« Reply #2762 on: December 28, 2012, 12:12:03 PM »

So I bought Byzantium: A History by John Haldon just because it was cheap and I've read next to nothing about the Byzantine empire.

Has anyone here read it? Did you like it? Is it anyhow biased?
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« Reply #2763 on: December 28, 2012, 01:24:39 PM »

So I bought Byzantium: A History by John Haldon just because it was cheap and I've read next to nothing about the Byzantine empire.

Has anyone here read it? Did you like it? Is it anyhow biased?

No. But I have read the History of the Byzantine State by by George Ostrogorsky and I am currently perusing through it a second time. If you hate fanciful narratives like I do, this is the book for you. Lots of footnotes that are truly worthwhile.
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« Reply #2764 on: December 28, 2012, 01:26:10 PM »

I've not read that one either... I find such books boring too often... sometimes it just seems like an endless stream of dates, names, and battles. Please let us know if it's different Smiley
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« Reply #2765 on: December 28, 2012, 01:55:56 PM »

I thought the history by Treadgold was informative, albeit long.
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« Reply #2766 on: December 28, 2012, 01:57:37 PM »

I've not read that one either... I find such books boring too often... sometimes it just seems like an endless stream of dates, names, and battles. Please let us know if it's different Smiley

Well it is that, mixed in with diplomacy, subterfuge, intrigues, etc. It is a very dry text, but I am the sort of person that will pick up volume 1 of Cambridge Ancient History (3000-1700 BC) and read about dug up pottery every evening.
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« Reply #2767 on: December 28, 2012, 02:02:13 PM »

I thought the history by Treadgold was informative, albeit long.

This. I really like Threadgold's work.
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« Reply #2768 on: December 30, 2012, 11:47:50 AM »

You people read too much.

Your words.. they have no meaning in my language...

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« Reply #2769 on: December 30, 2012, 11:03:41 PM »

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln / Doris Kearns Goodwin
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« Reply #2770 on: January 02, 2013, 03:37:03 PM »

What was available and of interest at the local library...

The Catholic Church: A Concise History, by Barrie Ruth Strauss
The Church: The Evolution of Catholicism, by Richard P. McBrien
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« Reply #2771 on: January 02, 2013, 04:01:07 PM »

You people read too much.

Your words.. they have no meaning in my language...

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“Early in the morning, at break of day, in all the freshness and dawn of one's strength, to read a book--I call that vicious!”
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« Reply #2772 on: January 02, 2013, 11:02:24 PM »

Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

So far it's great- everything I'd want from a gothic novel. There's also a lot of amusing anti-Catholic caricature going on.
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« Reply #2773 on: January 03, 2013, 01:14:51 AM »

Flying through Everyday Saints by Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov. An amazing book, hard to put down.



"Everyday Saints" is a wonderful book so far and easy to read.  About 3/4 of the way through it.  I agree, it IS tough to put it down.  I'm finding it to be spiritually helpful and very interesting with the insight into Russian Orthodox culture and the various experiences during the Soviet era.

It has many small vignettes of various people's experiences, as well as some bits from the Prologue of Ohrid.  I haven't read that one yet, but now it's on my mind.
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« Reply #2774 on: January 07, 2013, 03:20:19 PM »

Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin, by Nicholas Ostler
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« Reply #2775 on: January 07, 2013, 03:53:19 PM »

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. 60 pages in, it's fascinating.
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« Reply #2776 on: January 07, 2013, 04:35:18 PM »

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. 60 pages in, it's fascinating.

Sounds like a text born from a title. Never heard of it, but I could probably write a synopsis of it anyway.

Do the chapters like the title (or it is too sophisticated to have chapters and has sections or worse yet, scenes) allude to "Western" works or authors who offer petite bourgeois "revolution"?

And I am going to guess it is a memoir. I don't know Arabic, so I am also going to guess it is a woman. Life before, during, after revolution? Is she a Professor and decided to become some sort of self-exiled voice of freedom and the true Iran?

We had some professors like that at the Universities I went to. I love folks who are self-exiled.

Anyway, sounds awful. At least my version. I am going to stop thinking about it now. Let me know, if I am wrong.
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« Reply #2777 on: January 07, 2013, 04:50:59 PM »

Anyway, sounds awful. At least my version. I am going to stop thinking about it now. Let me know, if I am wrong.

I don't know what it sounds like, since I don't read aloud. I may blog about it when I'm done, in which case I will direct you there.
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« Reply #2778 on: January 07, 2013, 05:06:20 PM »

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. 60 pages in, it's fascinating.

Sounds like a text born from a title. Never heard of it, but I could probably write a synopsis of it anyway.

Do the chapters like the title (or it is too sophisticated to have chapters and has sections or worse yet, scenes) allude to "Western" works or authors who offer petite bourgeois "revolution"?

And I am going to guess it is a memoir. I don't know Arabic, so I am also going to guess it is a woman. Life before, during, after revolution? Is she a Professor and decided to become some sort of self-exiled voice of freedom and the true Iran?

We had some professors like that at the Universities I went to. I love folks who are self-exiled.

Anyway, sounds awful. At least my version. I am going to stop thinking about it now. Let me know, if I am wrong.

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« Reply #2779 on: January 08, 2013, 02:13:03 PM »

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. 60 pages in, it's fascinating.

Sounds like a text born from a title. Never heard of it, but I could probably write a synopsis of it anyway.

Do the chapters like the title (or it is too sophisticated to have chapters and has sections or worse yet, scenes) allude to "Western" works or authors who offer petite bourgeois "revolution"?

And I am going to guess it is a memoir. I don't know Arabic, so I am also going to guess it is a woman. Life before, during, after revolution? Is she a Professor and decided to become some sort of self-exiled voice of freedom and the true Iran?

We had some professors like that at the Universities I went to. I love folks who are self-exiled.

Anyway, sounds awful. At least my version. I am going to stop thinking about it now. Let me know, if I am wrong.

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From the Amazon blurb:

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
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« Reply #2780 on: January 08, 2013, 02:16:51 PM »

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. 60 pages in, it's fascinating.

Sounds like a text born from a title. Never heard of it, but I could probably write a synopsis of it anyway.

Do the chapters like the title (or it is too sophisticated to have chapters and has sections or worse yet, scenes) allude to "Western" works or authors who offer petite bourgeois "revolution"?

And I am going to guess it is a memoir. I don't know Arabic, so I am also going to guess it is a woman. Life before, during, after revolution? Is she a Professor and decided to become some sort of self-exiled voice of freedom and the true Iran?

We had some professors like that at the Universities I went to. I love folks who are self-exiled.

Anyway, sounds awful. At least my version. I am going to stop thinking about it now. Let me know, if I am wrong.

You're such a curmudgeon  Tongue

From the Amazon blurb:

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

From the Wikipedia entry:

Nafisi left Iran on June 24, 1997 and moved to the United States, where she wrote Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, a book where she describes her experiences as a secular woman living and working in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the book, she declares "I left Iran, but Iran did not leave me."

Nafisi has held the post of a visiting fellow and lecturer at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC and has served on the Board of Trustees of Freedom House, a United States nongovernmental organization (NGO) which conducts research and advocacy on democracy.[8]
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« Reply #2781 on: January 08, 2013, 02:26:40 PM »

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« Reply #2783 on: January 08, 2013, 03:39:21 PM »

Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi. 60 pages in, it's fascinating.

Sounds like a text born from a title. Never heard of it, but I could probably write a synopsis of it anyway.

Do the chapters like the title (or it is too sophisticated to have chapters and has sections or worse yet, scenes) allude to "Western" works or authors who offer petite bourgeois "revolution"?

And I am going to guess it is a memoir. I don't know Arabic, so I am also going to guess it is a woman. Life before, during, after revolution? Is she a Professor and decided to become some sort of self-exiled voice of freedom and the true Iran?

We had some professors like that at the Universities I went to. I love folks who are self-exiled.

Anyway, sounds awful. At least my version. I am going to stop thinking about it now. Let me know, if I am wrong.

You're such a curmudgeon  Tongue

From the Amazon blurb:

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

LOL!  Didn't they make this into a comic book then a cartoon movie*? I can't tell pained exiled Iranians apart.





*I did see the cartoon movie. I remember finding it a little interesting while being wildly manipulative.
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« Reply #2785 on: January 08, 2013, 03:47:04 PM »

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Always been worried this is holopr0n. Let me know in the unlikely event it ain't.

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« Reply #2786 on: January 08, 2013, 03:51:44 PM »

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Always been worried this is holopr0n. Let me know in the unlikely event it ain't.

My Father Bleeds History doesn't bode well for its ability to rise above holocash market.
Do you consider Wiesel's Night to be holopr0n?
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« Reply #2787 on: January 08, 2013, 04:18:18 PM »

A curmudgeon who is right? Those are the worst kind!
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« Reply #2788 on: January 08, 2013, 04:47:51 PM »

A curmudgeon who is right? Those are the worst kind!

Abasht the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is
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« Reply #2789 on: January 08, 2013, 05:04:11 PM »

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Always been worried this is holopr0n. Let me know in the unlikely event it ain't.

My Father Bleeds History doesn't bode well for its ability to rise above holocash market.
Do you consider Wiesel's Night to be holopr0n?

It's the worst.  It and Anne Frank's Diary.

But I usually don't read the articles. 

Schindler's List is where it's at, but that'd be on another thread.
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