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Timon said:
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Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
This seems to be on every Orthodox person's radar that I know. Including mine. I saw Fr. Stephen Freeman recommend it and I had to get it. Havent read it yet.
http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,66704.0.html
 

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Timon said:
Sam G said:
Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin
This seems to be on every Orthodox person's radar that I know. Including mine. I saw Fr. Stephen Freeman recommend it and I had to get it. Havent read it yet.
Haven't heard of it.  :eek:
 

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On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, by Stephen T. Asma
 

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David Hume.  One of the few philosophers whose thoughts and prose I enjoy and read for pleasure.  The man can write, a very rare gift for philosophers.
 

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Well I just picked up V.C. samuel book on Chalcedon, and also Laurus, one is fiction and E.O, the other is O.O. and non-fiction. I thought I would have a balance. I also need to pick up Rhinosour book out she promoted on oc.net a while back, I promised I would buy it, it just I expected more cash this year.
 

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Asteriktos said:
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, by Stephen T. Asma
Have you ever read anything by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen?
 

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Cataclysm, 90 B.C.:  The Forgotten War that Almost Destroyed Rome by Philip Matyszak.
 

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I can't find Laurus in any libraries in my state so I guess I have an excuse to buy yet another book. I set a goal of reading 50 books in 2015 but only read 27.  :-\
 

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The Enduring Chill by Flannery O'Connor.  This was the second time I read this short story.  The last time was probably in college, so about 8 years ago.  She never liked this story, I did.  I'm not sure why Flannery thought it was a failure at writing.
 
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Great poem for January - just love it and many don't know it.  Enjoy.

No Possum, No Sop, No Taters
by Wallace Stevens

He is not here, the old sun,
As absent as if we were asleep.

The field is frozen. The leaves are dry.
Bad is final in this light.

In this bleak air the broken stalks
Have arms without hands. They have trunks

Without legs or, for that, without heads.
They have heads in which a captive cry

Is merely the moving of a tongue.
Snow sparkles like eyesight falling to earth,

Like seeing fallen brightly away.
The leaves hop, scraping on the ground.

It is deep January. The sky is hard.
The stalks are firmly rooted in ice.

It is in this solitude, a syllable,
Out of these gawky flitterings,

Intones its single emptiness,
The savagest hollow of winter-sound.

It is here, in this bad, that we reach
The last purity of the knowledge of good.

The crow looks rusty as he rises up.
Bright is the malice in his eye...

One joins him there for company,
But at a distance, in another tree.
 

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William T said:
The Enduring Chill by Flannery O'Connor.  This was the second time I read this short story.  The last time was probably in college, so about 8 years ago.  She never liked this story, I did.  I'm not sure why Flannery thought it was a failure at writing.
My favorite fiction writer.


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Russia and the English church during the last fifty years; Vol. I. Containing a correspondence between Mr. William Palmer, fellow of Magdalen college, Oxford, and M. Khomiakoff, in the years 1844-1854

Title seems a bit wordy, but what can you do?
 

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Volnutt said:
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On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, by Stephen T. Asma
Have you ever read anything by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen?
I missed this post somehow a couple weeks ago, but no I haven't. Should I look him up, maybe get something through interlibrary loan?
 

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Asteriktos said:
Sailing from Byzantium, by Colin Wells.
I misjudged this book. I much enjoyed it as an overview (or in some cases, refresher).
 

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Gebre Menfes Kidus said:
William T said:
The Enduring Chill by Flannery O'Connor.  This was the second time I read this short story.  The last time was probably in college, so about 8 years ago.  She never liked this story, I did.  I'm not sure why Flannery thought it was a failure at writing.
My favorite fiction writer.


Selam
I think she's amazing too.  Very funny.

Reading some of Chekov's 10 min plays.  Also very funny.
 

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Asteriktos said:
Volnutt said:
Asteriktos said:
On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, by Stephen T. Asma
Have you ever read anything by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen?
I missed this post somehow a couple weeks ago, but no I haven't. Should I look him up, maybe get something through interlibrary loan?
Most of his stuff is ecocriticism, but he's done some interesting stuff on monster theory especially as it relates to the Middle Ages (of course, I tend to think all these areas tie in together in surprising ways). I've only read an essay by him, so far. http://www.amazon.com/Jeffrey-Jerome-Cohen/e/B001HPKDJA

 

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Currently finishing up reading a number of works by Voltaire. I'm on Micromegas at the moment. Then I hope to start on Blaise Pascal's Pensées. I also just finished up Edmund Burke's A Philosophical Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful.
 

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lovesupreme said:
I'm going to try my hand at Don Quixote again. Wish me luck!
Good luck! (if this helps make it more interesting, if you're into this sort of thing, fwiw Dostoevsky thought Don Quixote was one of only two literary characters who came close to 'capturing' what a Christ-like figure would be like)
 

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Asteriktos said:
lovesupreme said:
I'm going to try my hand at Don Quixote again. Wish me luck!
Good luck! (if this helps make it more interesting, if you're into this sort of thing, fwiw Dostoevsky thought Don Quixote was one of only two literary characters who came close to 'capturing' what a Christ-like figure would be like)
To be honest, I think Don Quixote is similar to Dostoevsky's writing in the sense that one has to read through pages of "story" to get to nuggets of brilliance. But when you come across the brilliance it makes you want to keep reading. I confess that I have a very short attention span. But I think that Tolstoy said as much in his short stories as Cervantes or Dostoevsky said in their novels. That probably sounds like heresy to the literary experts here. I'm just speaking as a novice.


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I'm sure you're right about here, but I wouldn't be surprised if many more literati/critics outside these four walls agreed with you rather than POVs favoring Dostoevsky.
 

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Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church, by Ronald E. Heine
 

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Just started Laurus last night. It was hard to put down. I guess i see what all the hype is about.
 
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Anne Frank's diary (The Diary of a Young Girl). Reading it makes me hate the Nazis even more. But also gives me hope to know that a little girl was able to get her diary published even after she died. They killed her body but they weren't able to kill her soul and legacy. Rest in peace gentle soul  :'( 
 

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TheTrisagion said:
Are we still as useless as fish using bicycles?  :p
That wouldn't be useless, that would be stupid.

http://bigthink.com/english-lessons/lesson-21-gloria-steinems-aphorisms-fish-power-love-bunnies-and-life
 

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The person man that would be able to train a fish to use a bicycle would be famous.
 

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THE GOSPEL IN TOLSTOY: Selections from his Short Stories, Spiritual Writings, and Novels
Edited by Miriam LeBlanc


From the Introduction:

"Yet with all his rationalism, Tolstoy remained haunted by Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus' example and teachings - especially the Sermon on the Mount - loomed over the writer's life in ways large and small, from his ardent pacifism to his repeated attempts to divest himself of his inherited wealth and privilege. Even before Tolstoy's conversion (recounted in his Confessions), the search for God and the meaning of life already formed a powerful impulse in his writings. In a Christendom all too comfortable with worldly power, Tolstoy issued a sharp challenge to return to the radical call of Jesus. Ultimately, this was a call to a way of unreserved love toward others - love not as a feeling or theological concept but as action in everyday life."


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Arachne said:
TheTrisagion said:
Are we still as useless as fish using bicycles?  :p
That wouldn't be useless, that would be stupid.

http://bigthink.com/english-lessons/lesson-21-gloria-steinems-aphorisms-fish-power-love-bunnies-and-life
lol, I was just coming here to post that.
 

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The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy

Used book from library bought for 25¢
 

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Asteriktos said:
The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories, by Leo Tolstoy

Used book from library bought for 25¢
I think Tolstoy's genius is most evident in his short stories. And given the Russian penchant for long winded novels, I think his ability to convey profound truth with succinct artistry is all the more impressive. "The Three Hermits", "Three Questions," and "Where Love Is, God Is" are three of the greatest pieces of Christian fiction ever written. Tolstoy is most renowned for the literature he wrote prior to his Christian conversion. But I think his best work came after that. "The Kingdom of God is Within You" is a philosophical masterpiece. Short stories by Tolstoy for 25 cents is a steal! Enjoy.  :)


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The Great Dialogues of Plato

Athanasius: the Coherence of His Thought - Khaled Anatolios

Life-Giving Blessing: An Inquiry into the Eucharistic Doctrine of Cyril of Alexandria - Ezra Gebremedhin
 
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