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« Reply #800 on: July 07, 2013, 05:23:07 am »

Crossreading Karl Kraus essays (god, that man could write. Why am I only reading him now?) and the Godfather.
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« Reply #801 on: July 08, 2013, 10:37:50 pm »

Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, David Foster Wallace
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« Reply #802 on: July 09, 2013, 09:04:51 pm »

Down the Highway-The Life of Bob Dylan-Howard Sounes.
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« Reply #803 on: July 20, 2013, 07:59:34 am »

Just finished "The Paradiso", meaning I've completed the entire Divine Comedy.
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« Reply #804 on: July 20, 2013, 09:58:40 am »

I'm dealing with Paul Preston's "The coming of the Spanish Civil War: reform, reaction, and revolution in the Second Republic". Basically it's focused on the parallel evolution of the Spanish socialism (PSOE-UGT) and the catholic right (CEDA) during the II Republic (1931-1936).

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« Reply #805 on: July 20, 2013, 09:32:43 pm »

I'm reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  It's fairly interesting so far, and I need to read it before American Lit starts in the fall, so hopefully it will stay interesting. 
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« Reply #806 on: July 23, 2013, 12:21:13 pm »

it may come as a surprise to comrades here that I am reading Whittaker Chambers' Witness, and enjoying it.
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« Reply #807 on: July 23, 2013, 12:26:42 pm »

Marx: A Brief Insight by Peter Singer.
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« Reply #808 on: July 25, 2013, 11:14:55 am »

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« Reply #809 on: July 31, 2013, 05:28:22 pm »

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« Reply #810 on: August 02, 2013, 07:46:16 am »
« Edited: August 02, 2013, 07:48:03 am by MOP »

I finished The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn yesterday. I had it in my head that it was a children's book (probably because I was a child when I first read it), but it turned out to be a quite enjoyable (and, at times, quite mature) novel. I was also thrilled to be able to familiarize myself with some authentic Missouri dialect.
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« Reply #811 on: August 02, 2013, 08:19:21 am »
« Edited: August 02, 2013, 09:42:44 am by Scott »

I have to say, the more I read into this Zealot book, the less confidence I have in it.  It's not because of the author himself, who was given unfair treatment by Fox News (though he apparently has inflated his academic credentials somewhat), but his misinterpretations of scripture and the frequent errors he's apparently making make me question whether I should continue reading it.  I've been struggling to find a book about the historical Jesus that doesn't have all these 'ifs' and 'buts' attached to it, but this doesn't appear to be that book.  I ordered John Dominic Crossan's The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, which is viewed more favorably by the progressive Christian community, yet even that book has caused quite a stir and I'm left wondering if there is any text, other than the New Testament, that can give me a clear picture of Jesus' life.

Then again, I haven't delved much into Karen Armstrong's book yet, which I hope will give me some information about Jesus that the Bible does not.  But it probably won't.
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« Reply #812 on: August 03, 2013, 05:08:02 am »

I'm left wondering if there is any text, other than the New Testament, that can give me a clear picture of Jesus' life.
How could there possibly be? He lived a life of perfect obscurity. (And you can quite leave the supplementary clause out. It is and must remain our primary source, but it's hardly an unbiased account or one that was written with modern audience's knowledge horizon in mind.)
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« Reply #813 on: August 03, 2013, 09:07:23 am »

Scott maybe you'd like to try http://www.amazon.com/Familiar-Stranger-Introduction-Jesus-Nazareth/dp/0802826806
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« Reply #814 on: August 03, 2013, 12:57:40 pm »

Scott, I'm not sure what details of Jesus' life you're most interested in, but if you're looking for an account of how his how his divinity was interpreted over the several hundred years following the resurrection, I recommend When Jesus Became God.
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« Reply #815 on: August 03, 2013, 01:07:48 pm »

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It might be fun to talk about what sorts of political lessons one can draw from a rather breezy, "local interest" read chronicling 100 years of a smoked-fish store on the Lower East Side, that has become an institution by being the only one of its kind still around.  I'd start with the rather strong pro-immigration message, of course. Tongue
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« Reply #816 on: August 07, 2013, 05:57:46 am »

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« Reply #817 on: August 07, 2013, 11:38:36 am »

good selection man.
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« Reply #818 on: August 13, 2013, 08:18:07 am »

Working my way through the Hesperides.

Cathcon, congratulations! What did you think?

Scott, the problem is that the New Testament is really the only place where Jesus as a fleshed-out figure exists at all. Historical Jesus scholarship is basically just guessing half the time, placing Jesus into a social context that can has been established on mostly non-Jesus-related bases the other half, and ideological axe-grinding either way.
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« Reply #819 on: August 13, 2013, 08:52:51 am »

Currently, I'm hoping to complete "The Last Temptation of Christ" before I leave for school on the 20th, which I think is likely. The prospect of also getting through "Paradise Lost" in that time is, however, less likely. I recently finished "The Screwtape Letters", which included in it "Screwtape Proposes a Toast", both of which were fine satires. Makes me want to investigate some of Lewis' more serious works, as well as make a brief return to Narnia for a spell.

Cathcon, congratulations! What did you think?

A fantastic work. Naturally, "The Inferno" was the most entertaining and was read the quickest. However, I was determined to press on, and "The Purgatorio" was pretty interesting and arriving in the Earthly Paradise was pretty cool. "The Paradiso" dragged on for quite a bit, and at what point I think I returned it to the library before eventually completing it. When I went at it a second time, it was a much easier read, and some of the sights in it--the massive crucifix in Mars, for examples--were amazing. As I neared the end I was reading it more manically. Quite the read, in all.
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« Reply #820 on: August 13, 2013, 03:14:33 pm »

I was at a family friend's house. They're a senior couple who had a bunch of old books including some future dystopia books such as "A Canticle for Liebowitz" (think that's the title) and "Brave New World".
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« Reply #821 on: August 25, 2013, 02:05:17 am »

I've read (well, read bits of) the Karen Armstrong book, I found it very informative but also very dull. But I find religion off-putting at the best of times.

I'm currently reading (very slowly) through this:

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Most notable for it's incredible ability to ignore that everyone ignores international law.
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« Reply #822 on: August 25, 2013, 02:42:55 am »
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I've read The Red Pony. Pretty good. The second story was probably my favorite; I have a weakness for characters in situations like Gitano's for some reason.

Cathcon, A Canticle for Leibowitz is one of my favorite novels ever.
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« Reply #823 on: August 25, 2013, 03:28:09 am »

Almost through Infinite Jest
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« Reply #824 on: August 27, 2013, 11:02:03 am »

What dost thou make of it?
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