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cascadeco

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In the midst of 'A Gentleman from Moscow', by Amor Towles. It is lovely.

Still reading this. Also reading 'Despair' by Nabakov, and a coworker just loaned me 'The Name of the Wind', by Patrick Rothfuss (never heard of it/him, but since I love fantasy I'm sure I'll be fine with it ;)), which will be my book to read during breaks at work.
 

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Masahiro moriokas series on the meaning of life, the Bible, future of nostalgia by Svetlana boym and hl Mencken on religion.
 

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Still reading this. Also reading 'Despair' by Nabakov, and a coworker just loaned me 'The Name of the Wind', by Patrick Rothfuss (never heard of it/him, but since I love fantasy I'm sure I'll be fine with it ;)), which will be my book to read during breaks at work.

Because... why not throw a 4th book into the mix, lol. Just started 'Mother of God', by Paul Rosolie.

(my reading multiple books at the same time is only a recent advent in my life, btw)
 

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Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley by Rob Larson

Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization by Kim Scipes
 

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Translating Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams. Therefore, reading it.

Wonderful read so far; extremely eye-opening. Williams seems to be quite the unsung genius of the Inklings.

"...This was the beginning of sex when far away in the ages the world divided itself in its primal dark instinct to destroy death which seemed its doom. And when man came he desired immortality, and deceived himself with begetting children and with religion and with art. All these are not ecstasy, but the shadows of ecstasy."
 

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I'm about to make myself read revelations of the dark mother and the book of Nod and The Erciyes Fragments again. Trying to find parallels between the gentry and the kindred. @_@
 

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"I will encounter darkness as a bride"—he was rushing towards that darkness now. The dark closed them in, but they were speeding towards the core of the darkness; the words themselves were swallowing them up. All the miracles of the poets had rent and illumined and charged that night, but the mingling light and dark which was in all easily accepted verse lay far behind them now where the wild rapture of the Africans surged above London. It was as if he had passed from them from something which was himself, to something which was even more himself. His very physical body was being carried in towards the energy which created art. Art... the ancient word so often defiled and made stupid stood for a greatness only partially explored. His body felt the energy opposite him—an energy self-restrained, self shaped. "And hug it in mine arms —" but if the arms could not bear it, if the awful blasting power of that darkness should destroy him as the glory of Zeus destroyed Semele? It was too late now for choice; he was lost and saved at once. Onward and onward, away from the ironic contemplations of the children of the wise world and from the shrieking self-immolating abandonments of the more ignorant sons of rapture; away from young perplexity and young greed; away from Isabel. High-set, as the moon now rising, he saw her, knowing in her daily experiences, her generous heart and her profound womanhood, all that he must compass sea and land to find. This was the separation that had been between man and woman from the beginning; this was fated, and this must be willed. It was the everlasting reconciliation of the everlasting contradiction-to will what was fated, to choose necessity. Perfect for one moment in his heart, he knew the choice taken."

Charles Williams, Shadows of Ecstasy
 

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"In the darkness Considine smiled. "This morning," he said, "a girl jilted a boy, and the boy said, 'Why do I suffer helplessly? This also is I—all this unutterable pain is I, and I grow everywhere through it into myself.' I could show you the street where it happened—they haven't yet pulled it down—where the boy said, 'If this pain were itself power..." So he imagined it as himself and himself as it, and because it was greater than himself he knew that he also was greater than himself, and as old and as strong as he chose. The girl's dead long ago; she was a pretty baby."

"But then?" Roger asked.

"Then—a little later-before noon," the voice answered, "the boy found another girl and loved her. But as that love spread through him he remembered the vastness of his pain and what had seemed to him possible because of it, and he asked himself whether love were not meant for something more than wantonness and child-bearing and the future that closes in death
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Charles Williams, Shadows of Ecstasy
 

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I'm about to start the "Outlander" series. A friend of mine really wanted me to watch the show. After one episode, I told myself I needed to read the books instead of watching a condensed version of the story.
 

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Looking to start reading "The Count of Monte Cristo".
 

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cascadeco

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Just started 'The Wise Man's Fear' by Patrick Rothfuss, book 2 of an apparent series, though he takes detailed fantasy writing to a level rivaling Jordan, lol. No wonder he hasn't released book 3 even nine years later, I can see at the rate he's going it'll never end, lol.

Also several days ago began 'The Quarry' by Iain Banks, and should be done with 'Land Without Evil' by Richard Gott (non-fiction history about primarily Bolivia and the Pantanal watershed/ far western area of Brazil) within a few days.
 

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Foundation and Empire, by Isaac Asimov.
I read that, and when I was done, I resolved to never touch another book by Asimov. If you manage to enjoy it, I congratulate you.

Anyway, I'm reading an English translation of Totality and Infinity by Emmanuel Levinas. At times, at many times, it's borderline incoherent.
 
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