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The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe This was a really entertaining and fascinating read.
 

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Iconodule said:
The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe This was a really entertaining and fascinating read.
One that topic, what do you think of Charles Halperin's Russia and the Golden Horde?
 

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Volnutt said:
Iconodule said:
The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe This was a really entertaining and fascinating read.
One that topic, what do you think of Charles Halperin's Russia and the Golden Horde?
I'm getting that in the mail, probably tomorrow. I'll let you know after I read it.  :)
 

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The sound of my blood rushing.

Wearing earplugs. Different floor where my rules about listening to music are not in enforced inside the lab.
 

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orthonorm said:
The sound of my blood rushing.

Wearing earplugs. Different floor where my rules about listening to music are not in enforced inside the lab.
I believe that you meant to post that in the listening thread? ;)

Finished my Cosmo magazine after I took a break from the most horrible work day ever last night. It was as frivolous and soul-eating as I thought it would be, but sometimes I need cotton candy.

Still reading the Third Reich book (that one is kind of slow-moving for some reason) and reading a collection of Archbishop Demetrios' speeches. Can't find the Kindle to get the name at the moment.
 

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IsmiLiora said:
orthonorm said:
The sound of my blood rushing.

Wearing earplugs. Different floor where my rules about listening to music are not in enforced inside the lab.
I believe that you meant to post that in the listening thread? ;)

Finished my Cosmo magazine after I took a break from the most horrible work day ever last night. It was as frivolous and soul-eating as I thought it would be, but sometimes I need cotton candy.

Still reading the Third Reich book (that one is kind of slow-moving for some reason) and reading a collection of Archbishop Demetrios' speeches. Can't find the Kindle to get the name at the moment.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?
 

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IsmiLiora said:
orthonorm said:
The sound of my blood rushing.

Wearing earplugs. Different floor where my rules about listening to music are not in enforced inside the lab.
I believe that you meant to post that in the listening thread? ;)

Finished my Cosmo magazine after I took a break from the most horrible work day ever last night. It was as frivolous and soul-eating as I thought it would be, but sometimes I need cotton candy.

Still reading the Third Reich book (that one is kind of slow-moving for some reason) and reading a collection of Archbishop Demetrios' speeches. Can't find the Kindle to get the name at the moment.
Nothing says fun like: 43 Ways to Keep your Man Happy in Bed and genocide.

 

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Well, I LIKE fashion and cosmetics, which are also featured in these magazines. I used to read Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, but I thought it was too pretentious and unrealistic. $65 t-shirts are NOT a bargain in any world. I supposed I've veered to the other end.

Allure is the very best bet on that end, though. No sensationalist human interest stories (usually, unless it has to do specifically with beauty products), clothes, and makeup. I think it's great. Used to read Self religiously, but the new Age, self-love, constant self-affirmation really got to me. I read Marie Claire and Glamour occasionally as well, and they're in the middle. Some good articles, certainly not as bad as Cosmo. And I read Spanish magazines like La Mujer and Vandidades, but it's mainly for language practice. Their articles are just as shallow, too.

I could talk about magazines all day. People buy coffee when they go out -- I get magazines. I'm thinking about doing subscriptions, but there's something fun about browsing the magazine racks at Union and just picking something random to read on the train ride home.
 

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IsmiLiora said:
Well, I LIKE fashion and cosmetics, which are also featured in these magazines. I used to read Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, but I thought it was too pretentious and unrealistic. $65 t-shirts are NOT a bargain in any world. I supposed I've veered to the other end.

Allure is the very best bet on that end, though. No sensationalist human interest stories (usually, unless it has to do specifically with beauty products), clothes, and makeup. I think it's great. Used to read Self religiously, but the new Age, self-love, constant self-affirmation really got to me. I read Marie Claire and Glamour occasionally as well, and they're in the middle. Some good articles, certainly not as bad as Cosmo. And I read Spanish magazines like La Mujer and Vandidades, but it's mainly for language practice. Their articles are just as shallow, too.

I could talk about magazines all day. People buy coffee when they go out -- I get magazines. I'm thinking about doing subscriptions, but there's something fun about browsing the magazine racks at Union and just picking something random to read on the train ride home.
I have read  Mad Magazine from time to time.  :)
 

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Vamrat -- it's a book featuring interviews about women living during the Third Reich era. My mind is stuck on North Korea for the moment, though. I suppose I ought to head to the library, which is about 10 blocks away. Yipee!
 

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orthonorm said:
Nothing says fun like: 43 Ways to Keep your Man Happy in Bed and genocide.
Well, the first one is silly. I think it's hilarious how they keep repackaging the same tips over and over again. I don't take those seriously at all. A 15 year old girl could write those.

And reading about genocide isn't fun -- I find it interesting to read how people have survived the worst of times, a testament of perseverance, faith, and the pure instinct to survive or to perpetuate the life of others.

It became a habit ever since my mother, thinking she could cure my depression with this, told me to read books about people with cancer, etc. so that I would know "how good I have it."  It didn't work but led me to start reading memoirs of people who have lived through wartime, segregation, abuse, etc.

It keeps my disgustingly sheltered and easy life in perspective and gives me a heart to help those who are suffering in any way, in what ever infinitesimal way I can.
 

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IsmiLiora said:
Well, I LIKE fashion and cosmetics, which are also featured in these magazines. I used to read Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, but I thought it was too pretentious and unrealistic. $65 t-shirts are NOT a bargain in any world. I supposed I've veered to the other end.

Allure is the very best bet on that end, though. No sensationalist human interest stories (usually, unless it has to do specifically with beauty products), clothes, and makeup. I think it's great. Used to read Self religiously, but the new Age, self-love, constant self-affirmation really got to me. I read Marie Claire and Glamour occasionally as well, and they're in the middle. Some good articles, certainly not as bad as Cosmo. And I read Spanish magazines like La Mujer and Vandidades, but it's mainly for language practice. Their articles are just as shallow, too.

I could talk about magazines all day. People buy coffee when they go out -- I get magazines. I'm thinking about doing subscriptions, but there's something fun about browsing the magazine racks at Union and just picking something random to read on the train ride home.
I like flipping through GQ once in awhile.
 

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We all have our vices.

Heck, I went through a period where I read men's magazines (GQ, Maxim) to see what they were saying about women. NOT going to do that again! (Although ladies mags like Cosmo are virtually saying the same thing)

I try not to spend too much time on it, but I don't exactly want to read about international health care and socialism when I am tired of reading and writing all day. ;)
 

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The Life of Reason: Reason in Common Sense, by George Santayana

I guess I did things a bit backwards by reading Reason in Religion (Volume 3) before the above (Volume 1).
 

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Can you say, "Shameless self-promotion"?



http://www.authorhouse.com/Bookstore/BookSearchResults.aspx?Search=Mystery+and+Meaning

(If you decide to read this book, make sure you get the AuthorHouse edition. Publish America printed an unauthorized version of my book a few years ago, so stay away from them.)


Selam
 

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Achronos said:
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What am I reading right now?

C# source code ;D
And you are up this late reading it? LOL
Hey, I'm working on my own .NET application project. This geek has to do something to keep his skills sharp while he's between jobs.
 

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I recently finished "The Pearl of Great Price," by Veronica Hughes. It's about her journey from New Age pseudo-religion into the Orthodox Church.

I am also reading "Sun and Shadow," by Ake Edwardson.
 

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lol, for a split second I thought you meant "Pearl of Great Price" the Mormon book.
 

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The Illness and the Cure of the Soul in the Orthodox Tradition, by Met. Hierotheos

I tried reading this before, but got derailed because of some issues I was fretting over at the time. Hopefully I'm past those (non)issues and can actually get through the book this time :)
 

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The Bible
That's so kvlt! I heard the Orthodox are coming out with a new edition of the Bible in which they add some stuff, like this text called 3 Maccabees. You should check it out!  ;D
 

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The Anatomy of Fascism by Robert O. Paxton
 

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Asteriktos said:
Achronos said:
The Bible
That's so kvlt! I heard the Orthodox are coming out with a new edition of the Bible in which they add some stuff, like this text called 3 Maccabees. You should check it out!  ;D
Oh you mean the OSB? I got that. But did you hear how the NOAB has 4 Maccabees, that's like that new thing man
 

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Achronos said:
Asteriktos said:
Achronos said:
The Bible
That's so kvlt! I heard the Orthodox are coming out with a new edition of the Bible in which they add some stuff, like this text called 3 Maccabees. You should check it out!  ;D
Oh you mean the OSB? I got that. But did you hear how the NOAB has 4 Maccabees, that's like that new thing man
Let's not push it. I don't go in for fads!
 

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Lol u guiz

Nectar in a Sieve
by Kamala Markandaya. Re-reading because I have too much work to start anything new.
 

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Iconodule said:
Volnutt said:
Iconodule said:
The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe This was a really entertaining and fascinating read.
One that topic, what do you think of Charles Halperin's Russia and the Golden Horde?
I'm getting that in the mail, probably tomorrow. I'll let you know after I read it.  :)
I finished this book. While the book has some very interesting information and arguments, I can't say I'd recommend it. Halperin writes in that annoying kind of academic language that I encountered so many times in my undergrad years, where the writer needs to constantly use the word "complex" to describe his new understanding of the topic, as opposed to the "simplistic" understanding of previous historians. It's a style that comes off at once as snooty and naive- I'm not sure what to call it. Would that more academics today were good writers rather than striving to impress fellow academics with their "complexity".

Anyway, back to the substance of the book- Halperin's basic thesis is that Russian medieval writers held to an "ideology of silence", whereby they consciously or unconsciously ignored and omitted uncomfortable aspects of the "Tatar Yoke" in their chronicles. Halperin may have a point to a degree, but his argument rests on a really faulty premise- he seems to believe that Christianity (and Islam too) forbade any friendly contact with "infidels", including borrowing their secular ideas and institutions (for example, the Mongols' yam postal system). He doesn't actually provide any evidence of such an attitude, only assumes it. Of course anyone familiar with the history of Orthodox Christianity will see how non-Christian practices were frequently and consciously "baptized" throughout its history. Overall Halperin has a very simplistic understanding of religion- there is one part where he questions the accuracy of the Kazan Chronicle where it says that Ivan III was told to reverence a portrait of Akhmad Khan, and he instead tramples it. Halperin says, "Akhmad and his envoys were Muslims- no portrait of him would have been allowed." This is like saying, "the Golden Horde was Muslim, therefore all the reports of them continuing to drink alcohol must be false."

The book is not without merit- there are a number of interesting episodes discussed, but never in enough detail. It's a very short book and much of it is devoted to Halperin's argumentation which isn't completely convincing. What he does successfully demonstrate, however, is that the Tatar influence on Russia was not one-sided or entirely detrimental, and also that many things that have been blamed on the "Tatar Yoke" might not necessarily be from the Tatars. But I think Halperin's best insights have already been included in more general histories such as Janet Martin's Medieval Russia, 980-1584.
 

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Iconodule said:
Iconodule said:
Volnutt said:
Iconodule said:
The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe This was a really entertaining and fascinating read.
One that topic, what do you think of Charles Halperin's Russia and the Golden Horde?
I'm getting that in the mail, probably tomorrow. I'll let you know after I read it.  :)
I finished this book. While the book has some very interesting information and arguments, I can't say I'd recommend it. Halperin writes in that annoying kind of academic language that I encountered so many times in my undergrad years, where the writer needs to constantly use the word "complex" to describe his new understanding of the topic, as opposed to the "simplistic" understanding of previous historians. It's a style that comes off at once as snooty and naive- I'm not sure what to call it. Would that more academics today were good writers rather than striving to impress fellow academics with their "complexity".

Anyway, back to the substance of the book- Halperin's basic thesis is that Russian medieval writers held to an "ideology of silence", whereby they consciously or unconsciously ignored and omitted uncomfortable aspects of the "Tatar Yoke" in their chronicles. Halperin may have a point to a degree, but his argument rests on a really faulty premise- he seems to believe that Christianity (and Islam too) forbade any friendly contact with "infidels", including borrowing their secular ideas and institutions (for example, the Mongols' yam postal system). He doesn't actually provide any evidence of such an attitude, only assumes it. Of course anyone familiar with the history of Orthodox Christianity will see how non-Christian practices were frequently and consciously "baptized" throughout its history. Overall Halperin has a very simplistic understanding of religion- there is one part where he questions the accuracy of the Kazan Chronicle where it says that Ivan III was told to reverence a portrait of Akhmad Khan, and he instead tramples it. Halperin says, "Akhmad and his envoys were Muslims- no portrait of him would have been allowed." This is like saying, "the Golden Horde was Muslim, therefore all the reports of them continuing to drink alcohol must be false."

The book is not without merit- there are a number of interesting episodes discussed, but never in enough detail. It's a very short book and much of it is devoted to Halperin's argumentation which isn't completely convincing. What he does successfully demonstrate, however, is that the Tatar influence on Russia was not one-sided or entirely detrimental, and also that many things that have been blamed on the "Tatar Yoke" might not necessarily be from the Tatars. But I think Halperin's best insights have already been included in more general histories such as Janet Martin's Medieval Russia, 980-1584.
lol, I must say the portrait vs. alcohol thing never occurred to me.

Good review! I agree totally about the way he writes and his view of "universalistic creeds," as he calls them. I also have Martin and I really enjoy it, both books were for my Medieval Russian History course.
 

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The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World
That looks like a good one!
 
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