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Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 07-01-2018, 16:57:32
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Closing in on finishing The Epic of Gilgamesh --...

Closing in on finishing The Epic of Gilgamesh -- or rather, a book encompassing several versions uncovered by archaeologists.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 21-12-2017, 14:40:30
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Just finished a book on the lives and poetry of...

Just finished a book on the lives and poetry of Li Po and Tu Fu, two Chinese poets that lived in the mid 700s. An interesting and surprisingly quick read.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 16-07-2017, 14:32:00
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I ain't no baby. Look at these hands!!!

I ain't no baby. Look at these hands!!!
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 15-06-2017, 14:45:07
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My father lent me his copy of BIG AGENDA --...

My father lent me his copy of BIG AGENDA -- President Trump's Plan to Save America, by David Horowitz.

It's...hard to read.

It's not that the language is difficult, no, that's not it at all....
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 15-06-2017, 14:40:35
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Now on The Subjection of Women by John Stuart...

Now on The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill; the book also contains On Liberty by the same author, which I read last year, and the year before; very compelling stuff.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 12-06-2017, 10:52:16
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Oh yeah, I finished it. Late April or early May....

Oh yeah, I finished it. Late April or early May. I think.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 23-03-2017, 18:33:34
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After watching the anime Gankutsuou: The Count of...

After watching the anime Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, I decided to read the Alexander Dumas' novel; 400 of 1200 pages in, and I find it very interesting.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 07-08-2016, 12:02:37
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Well, onto D'Alembert's Dream!

Well, onto D'Alembert's Dream!
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 07-08-2016, 12:01:56
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Scratching you but when it itches is important...

Scratching you but when it itches is important for one's education.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 04-08-2016, 09:36:26
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Started reading the introduction to Diderot's...

Started reading the introduction to Diderot's D'Alembert's Dream, but got distracted and read the introduction to Journey to the West instead. Now on chapter 1 of the same. It's called one of the...
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 04-08-2016, 09:33:12
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The classics are important for one's education.

The classics are important for one's education.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 30-07-2016, 08:34:09
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I was reading The Lord of the Rings, The Great...

I was reading The Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn and The Lord of the Flies.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 30-07-2016, 08:32:01
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...in the original Greek? ;)

...in the original Greek? ;)
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 28-07-2016, 16:54:27
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Another tidbit from Blaise Pascal's Pensees: ...

Another tidbit from Blaise Pascal's Pensees:

V. CAUSES AND EFFECTS

81 ...Equality in possessions is no doubt right, but, since men could not make might obey right, they have made right obey...
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 26-07-2016, 09:34:41
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Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Miller's Tale and...

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales, The Miller's Tale and The Reeve's Tale.

Chaucer was directly inspired by Boccaccio, whom Chaucer translated into English early in his career. The Canterbury Tales was a...
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 23-07-2016, 13:08:23
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Its actually pretty raunchy, by early Italian...

Its actually pretty raunchy, by early Italian Renaissance standards; I found the tale of the gardener and the nuns quite memorable. ;)
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 21-07-2016, 20:00:15
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About two-thirds of the way through "Day Four" of...

About two-thirds of the way through "Day Four" of The Decameron, by Boccaccio.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 17-07-2016, 04:00:14
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...and now, a few selected words from Pascal's...

...and now, a few selected words from Pascal's Pensees (mid 1600s):

II VANITY

36 Anyone who does not see the vanity of the world is very vain himself. So who does not see it, apart from young...
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 08-07-2016, 04:01:23
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Posted By The Mad Monk
:gasmaske_eek::gasmaske_eek::gasmaske_eek:

:gasmaske_eek::gasmaske_eek::gasmaske_eek:
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 08-07-2016, 03:58:18
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Posted By The Mad Monk
Me too.

Me too.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 31-01-2016, 17:07:07
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I read some of Finnegan's Wake in a bookstore. ...

I read some of Finnegan's Wake in a bookstore.

...

Then I put it in the Occult section afterward because it was obviously an incantation to summon a demon or some shit like that.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 30-01-2016, 04:01:46
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Posted By The Mad Monk
Voltaire's notes on Rousseau's notes on...

Voltaire's notes on Rousseau's notes on Rousseau's Discourse On Inequality.

Summary: Voltaire rips Rousseau several new ones.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 04-04-2015, 22:04:31
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Posted By The Mad Monk
"On The Slowness Of God To Punish", Plutarch,...

"On The Slowness Of God To Punish", Plutarch, Essays, Penguin Classics.

Just got past the introduction, and first thing he gives Epicurus a slap. 'Cuz Epicurus don't buy into Providence.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 13-08-2004, 06:52:55
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Now onto Uncle Vanya. From a few pages in I can...

Now onto Uncle Vanya. From a few pages in I can see that Checkov is still on his "culture is falling before the tides of overwhelming mediocrity" schtick.
Forum: Film, Fiction and Writing 20-07-2004, 10:24:39
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Posted By The Mad Monk
In the two I've read so far, the lead character...

In the two I've read so far, the lead character goes offstage at the end and shoots himself.
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