- Oct 4, 2002
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I won't try and defend Greg Sestero (mostly because I've not read the book), but isn't that kind of patronizing/dehumanizing to Wiseau? Even if he is mentally ill, lots of mentally ill people know not to make arrogant asses of themselves the way he has over the years. He's at least self-aware enough to try and backpedal in the face of the laughter and claim that "the Room was a comedy all along."Asteriktos said:This turned out to be a downer. It's one of those autobiographical books where the author spends time defending himself, and often comes off like a butthole because of (rather than in spite of) his defenses. More importantly, I have to agree with several reviewers that it seems like there are some serious mental illness or brain damage issues going on with Tommy Wiseau, making it (at the very least) in poor taste to mock his work or laugh at him.Asteriktos said:The Disaster Artist
I had to read a Latour article for a Lit Crit class, made absolutely no sense to me. Too bad it was assigned at the end of the semester, we fell behind in the schedule and didn't get to actually discuss it in class.Asteriktos said:We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour
I never heard of the book, yet it describes me completely. I like this *Latour (like "grrr"). 9/9Volnutt said:I had to read a Latour article for a Lit Crit class, made absolutely no sense to me. Too bad it was assigned at the end of the semester, we fell behind in the schedule and didn't get to actually discuss it in class.Asteriktos said:We Have Never Been Modern, by Bruno Latour
My best guess as to what he was saying- We can't prove things like the Holocaust or global warming because postmodernism, but we should believe in them anyway because it's moral and useful to do so.
Then again, this was a few years ago and I zoned out several times while trying to make it through. I could be misrepresenting his argument. I'd go back and re-read it, but I only ever read it online and the school scrubs the materials of old classes (assuming I could even get back on the network as a graduate).
Do you ever look at the "Who's Online" page? It's full of people browsing some of the most archane ocnet threads ever.Asteriktos said:So were some posts lost when the forum was down a short time ago? Cause I thought I had posted about reading A Wizard of Earthsea in this thread, but I don't see it any more...? The reason I'm asking is: next time something similar happens, could I arrange to have some other posts of mine disappear? Like, maybe, everything before April 2017? That'd be swell! ;D
When a site has been around as long as OC.net, a simple keyword search can start some pretty impressive rabbitholes.mcarmichael said:I'm hoping it's google search qualifying as a visitor, because some of the topics are really weird, too.
If Melville wrote like Hemingway, Moby Dick would be like The Old Man and the Sea.mcarmichael said:Somehow I thought Moby Dick would be more like Hemmingway.
I'm about 30% through this book and one of the main characters so far has been an elderly Assyrian Christian lady in Iraq, with lots of religious details included as important story points. I guess in my naivete I just assumed everyone would be muslim or secular-but-pretending-to-be-muslim.Asteriktos said:Frankenstein in Baghdad: A Novel, by Ahmed Saadawi
Correction: Five novels and a short story collection. My hard copy only includes the first four novels, as the fifth was not yet written at the time of printing, hence the confusion. The total, by Goodreads reckoning, adds up to 1390 pages, give or take a few. So, about the size of A Storm of Swords.Volnutt said:Earthsea is only four books long? Somehow I always assumed it was Song of Ice and Fire length. I might pick it up soon, then.
Ok. Thanks.Arachne said:Correction: Five novels and a short story collection. My hard copy only includes the first four novels, as the fifth was not yet written at the time of printing, hence the confusion. The total, by Goodreads reckoning, adds up to 1390 pages, give or take a few. So, about the size of A Storm of Swords.Volnutt said:Earthsea is only four books long? Somehow I always assumed it was Song of Ice and Fire length. I might pick it up soon, then.
Not sure why I thought this would be better than his usual stuff. The last book of his that I read, 'Did Jesus Exist,' was fine, which maybe created more room for optimism; but then answering the dodgier claims of people like Robert Price is kinda like shooting fish in a barrel. Impulse buy I guess. The main problem is that he's a traditionalist who relies too heavily on authorities--his tradition and authorities being skeptical critical scholarship from the last few generations--and hasn't himself read deeply enough in the materials he's dealing with. I dislike when scientists speak poorly of 'popularizers' in their field, but any time I read a book like this I can sympathize, because I feel the same way about popular religious writers like Ehrman.Asteriktos said:
It's superb, highly recommend it. Concise and easy to read. Would recommend as an introduction into the beginning of the Christian spiritual life.Volnutt said:Let me know how that is. Contemplation (as distinguished from theological pondering) is a concept I've never really understood all that well, most likely to my detriment.
That looks really interesting. How much St. Maximus have you read and do you think one needs to have read a lot of him to understand Fr. Loudovikos's arguments?RobS said:Eucharistic Ontology
I don't blame you. The version I've got is four thickish volumes.Iconodule said:I couldn't begin to say. I read an abridged version ages ago and don't even remember who wrote that. I need to read it properly.