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Discussion in 'nicodemus Guestbook' started by nicodemus, Jan 10, 2003.
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Finished the DeLillo book last night (The Body Artist). What an unbelievable hunk of crap. It wasn't even pretentious crap either, it was just crap, and that's somehow worse.
Finished Mo Yan's Garlic Ballads. Took me forever to finish it. Not because it is long, but because the middle sectin was boring. Overall, it was okay. Can't believe it was ever published in China though, as it is anti-government as mess.
I am a big DeLillo fan and The Body Artist was a big letdown after Underworld.
BTW, I've now finished the Book of Jeremiah. It's going to take probably another month to finish the Bible. St. Theophan will be next!
Give me a recommendation on some DeLillo and I will return to his work with an open mind....or at least try too
Just let me know when you're ready to go on it.
I'm almost done with Mishima's The Sound of Waves. Brilliant so far. Mishima may very well be my favorite writer (fiction-wise that is.) I was reading a bunch of reviews of it on amazon, and apparently some high school teacher made their class read it and they all hate it because the characters are more subtle and guarded (as you would expect Japanese people to be.) Anyway, I will probably be on a Mishima kick after finishing this.
I absolutely loved DeLillo's White Noise, but my book club was pretty split on it.
I didn't even notice this post last time I looked in here. I will have to check into DeLillo again.
Finished it, it was awesome. Probably the most tame thing he's ever written. No super weird death-wish type stuff. A nice change.
Finished the Old Testament today. Quite a project but it was worth it. The New Testament should be much easier and then we can discuss the Theophan book.
Looking forward to it.
Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise
Awesome awesome awesome.
Fr. Herman: Alaska's Saint
Good, short little biography of St. Herman of Alaska.
St. Herman was a Russian missionary to native Alaskans in the 18th century. He helped defend them from the abuses of Russian traders and developed a written language for them and got their entire population literate within a few generations.
A cool thing about the book is the monastery that printed the book (St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, CA) got Olympia, WA based artist Nikki McClure to do the art for the book. McClure does an interesting style of art called "papercutting" where she removes sections of a paper (negative space) to "draw" images by cutting away. Very cool.
Re: Fr. Herman: Alaska's Saint
I hate that I can't edit in here anymore, but I will still be talking about my junk in here yo.
I'm almost done with one of the more irresponsible books I've read in a long time. They've taken an incredibly difficult topic to discuss and chosen vocabulary that will make it nearly impossible for most people to take them even quasi-seriously.
The book has a valid point or two (literally), but their wording and presentation is an absolute disaster and will just give people more fuel to hate religion.
I might also add that the timing of a book like this is a catastrophe. The president of the publishing company has a son in Iraq, and I'm sure that has everything to do with why it got published, but it is disturbing to see this book attached to Orthdoxy considering how loudly and unanimously the hierarchy of Orthodox Churches around the world have condemned the war in Iraq.
I almost don't even want to put a picture in here since people might be tempted to read it (and spend money on it.) It isn't representative of my religion at all and thinkers like this are definately on the fringe.
I don't know if you've ever read this one before... but it is simply brilliant. The author attempts to answer the question: Why did people from Europe move to the new world and dominate instead of it being the other way around?
It seems like a simple question, and in some respects it is. He does a good job of debunking the belief that non european peoples were somehow physiologically inferior and thus easy to conquer.
haven't heard of that, but looks interesting. might stroll down to the library and see if they have it.
I guess I will just re-post the whole list now when I have additions:
Agiokyprianites, Archimandrite Cyprian - Orthodoxy and the Ecumenical Movement
Aslanidis, Demetrios & Monk Damascene - Apostle to Zaire: The Life & Legacy of Blessed Fr. Cosmas of Grigoriou
Bercott, Daniel - Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?
Berinstain, Valerie - India & the Mughal Dynasty
Birchall, Jonathan - Ultra Nippon
Bogolepov, Alexander - Towards an American Orthodox Church
Bolshakoff, Serge - Elder Melchizidek: Hermit of the Roslavl Forest
Boosalis, Harry - Orthodox Spirituality According to St. Silouan the Athonite
Buford, Bill - Among the Thugs
Caner, Ergun Mehmet & Emir Fethi Caner - Unveiling Islam
Cao, Lan - Monkey Bridge
Carlton, Clark - The Faith
Cavarnos, Constantine - The Concept of Christian Love
Cavarnos, Constantine - St. Cosmas Aitolos
Cavarnos, Constantine - St. Nektarios of Aegina
Chekhov, Anton - The Duel
Chesterton, G.K. - The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare
Cho, John (editor) - Spam-ku: Tranquil Reflections of Luncheon Loaf
Chomsky, Noam - The New Military Humanism
Chow, Claire S. - Leaving Deep Water: Asian American Women at the Crossroads of Two Cultures
Clement, Olivier Conversations with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
Cleopa of Romania, Elder - The Truth of Our Faith
Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, Metropolitan - The World Council of Churches and the Interfaith Movement
Dalrymple, William - From the Holy Mountain
Damascene, Hieromonk - Not of This World: The Life & Teachings of Fr. Seraphim Rose
Davidson, Kathy - 36 Views of Mount Fuji: On Finding Myself in Japan
Degyansky, Father Daniel - Orthodox Christianity and the Spirit of Contemporary Ecumenism
de Tocqueville, Alexis - Democracy in America
DeLillo, Don - The Body Artist
Didion, Joan - Fixed Ideas: America Since 9/11
Dragnich, Alex - Serbs and Croats: The Struggle in Yugoslavia
Drew, Bettina - Crossing the Expendable Landscape
Endo, Shusaku - Deep River
Endo, Shusaku - The Samurai
Franklin, Peter - The Life of Mahler
Gehr, Richard - The Phish Book
Goad, Jim - The Redneck Manifesto
Golder, F.A. - Father Herman: Alaska's Saint
Gorman, Dave & Wallace, Danny - Are You Dave Gorman?
Greene, Graham - The Quiet American
Greene, Graham - The Power & the Glory
Ha, Jin - In the Pond
Harris, Daniel - Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic
Haydon, Jeffrey - John Tavener: Glimpses of Paradise
Hillier, Paul - Arvo Part
Hornby, Nick - High Fidelity
Hornby, Nick - How to be Good
Horowitz, David - Hating Whitey & Other Progressive Causes
Horowitz, Tony - Baghdad Without a Map
Ivashkin, Alexander - Alfred Schnittke
Jacobsen, Bernard - A Polish Renaissance
John Chrysostom, St. - On Marriage & Family Life
John of Damascus, St. - On the Divine Images
Joseph the Hesychast - Monastic Wisdom
Kafetzopolou, Aliki - The Purple Mantle
Kalsi, Sewa Singh – A Simple Guide to Sikhism
Kapuscinski, Ryszard - Shah of Shahs
Karahasan, Dzevad, Sarajevo, Exodus of a City
Kerr, Alex - Lost Japan
Knowles, John - A Separate Peace
Kurspahic, Kemal - As Long As Sarajevo Exists
Lan, Cao - Monkey Bridge
Lederer, William J. & Eugene Burdik - The Ugly American
Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird
Lee, Yuan-Yuan – Chinese Musical Instruments
Lewis, C.S. – The Abolition of Man
Lewis, C.S. - The Four Loves
Lewis, C.S. – Mere Christianity
Lewis, C.S. – The Screwtape Letters
Mander, Jerry - Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
Mango, Cyril (editor) - The Oxford History of Byzantium
Marler, John & Andrew Wermouth - Youth of the Apocalypse
Marushchak, Archdeacon Vasiliy - The Blessed Surgeon
Massie, Robert – The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
Maxomovitch, St. John - Orthodox Veneration of Mary, the Birthgiver of God
Mehta, Gita – Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystical East
Meyendorff, John - Vision of Unity
Mishima, Yukio - The Sound of Waves
Mishima, Yukio - Patriotism
Mishima, Yukio - Spring Snow
Mishima, Yukio - Runaway Horses
Mishima, Yukio - The Temple of the Dawn
Mishima, Yukio - The Decay of the Angel
Mishima, Yukio - Sun and Steel
Morgenthau, Henry – Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story
Murakami, Harumi - Underground
Nathan, John - Mishima: A Biography
Oe, Kenzaburo - A Personal Matter
Omvedt, Gail - Violence Against Women: New Movements and New Theories in India
Orwell, George - Animal Farm
Papadakis, Aristeides - The Christian East & the Rise of the Papacy
Parenti, Michael - To Kill A Nation: The Attack on Yugoslavia
Prendergast, Mark - The Ambient Century: From Mahler to Trance: The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age
Rashid, Ahmed - The Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia
Rollins, Henry - Smile, You're Travelling
Rose, Eugene - Nihlism: The Roots of Revolution in the Modern Age
Rose, Fr. Seraphim - Orthodoxy & the Religion of the Future
Rushby, Kevin - Eating the Flowers of Paradise: A Journey Through the Drug Fields of Ethiopia and Yemen
Sakharov, Nicholas - I Love, Therefore I Am: The Theological Legacy of Archimandrite Sophrony
Salinger, J.D. – Franny & Zooey
Schaeffer, Francis - Art & the Bible
Scott, Cathy - Seraphim Rose: The True Story and Private Letters
Sederholm, Fr. Clement - Elder Anthony of Optina
Sederholm, Fr. Clement - Elder Leonid of Optina
Smith, Richard - Can't You Hear Me Callin': The Life of Bill Monroe
Speake, Graham - Mount Athos: Renewal in Paradise
Theroux, Paul - The Great Railway Bazaar
Thornton, Fr. James - Wealth & Poverty in the Teachings of the Church Fathers
Thubron, Colin - The Lost Heart of Asia
Trifkovic, Serge - The Sword of the Prophet
Veal, Michael E. - Fela: The Life & Times of an African Musical Icon
Webster, Alexander F.C. & Darrell Cole - The Virtue of War
Wertz, Joachim - Blessed Euphemia of Serbia
Whelton, Michael - False Gods
Williams, Benjamin & Anstall, Harold - Orthodox Worship
Yamazaki, James - Children of the Atomic Bomb
Yan, Mo - The Garlic Ballads
Yannaras, Christos - The Church in Post-Communist Europe
Yannoulatos, Archbishop Anastasios - Facing the World
Zacharias, Ravi - Deliver Us From Evil
Zamyatin, Yevgeny - We
Zervakos, Philotheos, Fr. - Paternal Counsels, volume 2
Zograf, Aleksander - Bulletins From Serbia: Emails and Cartoon Strips From Beyond the Front Line
I've re-taken up Dostoevsky's The Idiot. I was reading that for a while and put it down, but I've started it again. Well, I didn't start over, I started where I left off. I'm also back on my habit of reading about 8-10 books at once. I love the variety, but it takes me forever to finish anything.
The Idiot is one of my favorites. It is in my pile of books I haven't read in a long time that need to be reread.
I'm embarrassed to be in my 20s and have this be the first Dostoevsky I've read.
I read Crime and Punishment in high school, but you don't really read a book until you are an adult. I reread it when I was 20 or 21, then proceeded through the other great Dostoevsky books.
My embarassment is that I don't find myself drawn to any of the classic American literature. As a former resident of West Hartford, Conn., the town Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) helped split from Hartford, I have never read any of his books.
That makes a lot of sense.
Me either. Although I do have two Twain books on my shelf:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and
I plan on reading them at some point or other.
I'll also add that while I'm not well versed in the classics, I am well versed in obscurities and non-fiction