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  •  I loved Greenblatt's The Swerve! He posits a (10+ / 0-)

    compelling thesis. It is on my re-read list and I agree - fascinating.

    It has been a slow week for reading; lots of visitors and projects I needed to finish - like splitting logs and actually cataloging my books!  

    Finished:

    For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway. Far too depressing for a summer read.

    Reading:

    I Never Thought I'd See You Again: A Novelists Inc. Anthology - Lou Aronic, Ed. Our own wonderful world's story The Only Girl In the World is in this! Lots of other good stories, too, and I highly recommend.

    A Treasury of Great Mysteries, Vol. 1 - there are two volumes and EVERY mystery writer of the 20th Century appears, from Margery Allingham to Edgar Wallace! Covers the gamut of style. A good summer read.

    Mansfield Park - Jane Austen - not my favorite. Would normally take me only a day or two to read an Austen, but this one seems to go on for ever. BORING! Sorry Jane.

    The Dilbert Future - Scott Adams. Looks like I might be going back to work full time next month, so I need to get into the proper frame of mind. ;)

    On the TBR list (a few changes here):

    Luka and the Fire of Life - Salman Rushdie
    The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood - James Gleick
    And So It Goes, Kurt Vonnegut: A Life - Charles Shields
    The Journey that Saved Curious George - Louise Borden
    1776 - David McCulloough

    Off now to read and rec everyone else.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 07:15:32 AM PDT

    •  The money quote from "The Swerve" (7+ / 0-)

      “That explanation will inevitably  lead you back to atoms. If you can hold on to and repeat to yourself the simplest fact of existence--atoms and void and nothing else, atoms and void and nothing else---your life will change. You will no longer fear Jove’s wrath when you hear a peal of thunder, or suspect that someone has offended Apollo when there is an outbreak of influenza. And you will be free from a terrible affliction of dread of something after death”.

      "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made." Immanuel Kant

      by Rented Mule on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 08:42:00 AM PDT

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      •  What I liked best was that one poet, and one (5+ / 0-)

        poem - if read by the right people, at the right time - could change civilization. Of course, there had to be many times and many places where an idea erupted, but something had to drag us out of the Dark Ages. Lucretius' poem “On the Nature of Things” (“De Rerum Natura”), the idea that the universe functioned without the aid of gods (revolutionary!), seems like a good place to start.

        Not everyone agrees with my opinion; some of the disagreement is quite vehement - http://www.inthemedievalmiddle.com/... - but that's what scholarship is all about. The arguments are part of the learning.

        "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

        by Most Awesome Nana on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 09:16:37 AM PDT

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