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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Julius Aurora » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:00 pm

You should be finished by lunch Bart.

In between studying for my imminent exams, I am not reading anything. Because my textbooks have turned me off reading for at least a week. Never thought I would say that.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby fueledbycoffee » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:10 am

The Quantum & The Lotus, by Mattheiu Ricard & Trinh Xuan Thuan. Interesting.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH » Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:40 am

Francis Pryor's new book on the Middle Ages. Not great so far, but I'll finish it.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:37 am

Ae they weren't great The MIDDLE Ages...not so much rapin an pillagin as the EARLY ages way smellier than the LATER ages.

I was encouraged to hear Herodotus saying 'there were too many chiefs and not enough indians in the Greek Army...some things never change.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby DavidH » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:22 am

Yup. They were lower than the Upper Ages, but higher than the Lower Ages. Also nearer than the Far Ages, but ..... Oh FSM! What am I doing? Quick, someone, throw a bucket of water over me.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:27 am

Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. She's a religious historian, and that's what most of her books are about, but this one is slightly different, focusing more on compassion and how it's good for you/everyone etc, and how it's the basis of every religion (going so far as to say if compassion is not the foundation of it, then it isn't a religion). It's related to her TED wish, which resulted in the Charter for Compassion.

Anyway, she's giving a lecture at the big national convention of UUs in two weeks on the subject, so she's asked everyone to read the book beforehand. I need to get around to reading her histories of Islam, Christianity, and her biographies of people like Siddhartha Gautama and Muhammad.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby daftbeaker » Tue Jun 14, 2011 2:29 pm

The Talented Mr Ripley. So far it's quite slow going but I'm only a few chapters in.

Qwertyuiopasd wrote:Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. She's a religious historian, and that's what most of her books are about, but this one is slightly different, focusing more on compassion and how it's good for you/everyone etc, and how it's the basis of every religion (going so far as to say if compassion is not the foundation of it, then it isn't a religion).[/url]

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Qwertyuiopasd » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:53 pm

daftbeaker wrote:Hippy :moon:


Oh good, you finally noticed. :wink:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Mon Jun 27, 2011 6:28 am

Finally finished The Histories...

spoiler alert...

The Greeks won! Hurrah! Break out the Retsina!

fat lot of good it's done them. :cry:
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Bug » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:59 am

I'm reading Bill Moyers Journal - The Conversation Continues

Haven't got very far, but it seems very interesting. I'm currently reading the interview with Michael Pollan.

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby gronank » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:01 am

I'm reading George Orwells memoirs from the spanish civil war. It is very interesting.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:49 am

gronank wrote:I'm reading George Orwells memoirs from the spanish civil war. It is very interesting.


I'm thinking of reading 'Ghosts of Spain' by Giles Tremlett which concerns the same subject.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby Mad Willyum Bonney » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:12 pm

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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby PKMKII » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:10 pm

Just finished Freedom by Johnathan Franzen.

I definitely get the feeling that it's not meant to just be taken at face value. The story's a bit too pedestrian, and it kept dropping hints, about being about something bigger. There's obviously the commentary on the American upper-middle class in the last 40 years, but I think there's also something with economics in there as well.
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Re: What are you reading right now?

Postby black bart » Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:22 am

Bleak House by Charles Dickens...in digital format no less.

What the Dickens would Dickens make of all this new technology?
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