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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by ReverendThom » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:18 pm

I barely read now that I don't preach every week. I should fix that.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Rusty » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:44 am

Neanderthal Man - In search of the lost genomes by Svante Pääbo. Recommended. It was published in 2014 so it's the whole story to date. Really excellent. Hard to put down.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by UncleBob » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:37 am

Rusty wrote:
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Neanderthal Man - In search of the lost genomes by Svante Pääbo. Recommended. It was published in 2014 so it's the whole story to date. Really excellent. Hard to put down.
I just ordered that the other day. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by A_Morley » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:24 am

This is the book I've wanted to write for years. All the same, I will definitely be picking up a copy. Had I been the author, I would likely have have included a chapter on Del.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by durangopipe » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:13 pm

A_Morley wrote:
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This is the book I've wanted to write for years. All the same, I will definitely be picking up a copy. Had I been the author, I would likely have have included a chapter on Del.
I would like to argue that we very early "boomers," born in the immediate aftermath of WWII are a very different breed than later "boomers." Somehow, the notions of civic virtue, prudence, faith, civility, literacy and respect for others--characteristics of our grandparents' and parents' generations--remained alive in us. Children born a decade later had a bit too much Dr. Spock in them unless their parents were exceptional.

The "me" generation of later boomers seems to me another generation entirely.

This will pain you as it does me, Cardinal Morley: that is the generation we had to fight to keep Shakespeare in our literature curriculum.

Hard to believe, but true.

I cannot begin to communicate the level of Schadenfreude I feel listening to my 40 year old son lamenting the shortcomings of the Millennials he is now hiring and having to teach this thing called "The Work Ethic."

At any rate, I look forward to reading your chapter on del when it is finished, should you choose to write it, and especially eager to learn your take on kilts.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:34 pm

+JMJ+

Writing and Difference by Jacques Derrida




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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by durangopipe » Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:21 pm

wosbald wrote:
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+JMJ+

Writing and Difference by Jacques Derrida
If you haven't already read it, Wos, might I recommend Strategies of Deconstruction by J. Claude Evans?
Claude was, at the time of its writing, primarily a Husserl scholar. This book is a very interesting take on Derrida's work on Husserl.

I'd love to know what you think of it.

Added later:

A suggested correction was graciously, and privately sent by Wos as a PM: Evans' book deals, of course, with Derrida's treatment of Husserl, not Heidegger.

A bit of amplification:

Evans wrote what was at the time a very negative response to what he perceived as Derrida's attempt at "doing traditional philosophy." Claude's sense was that Derrida, whose method and critique of philosophy had been attacked in its early stages for its lack of philosophical rigor by those who had not embraced Derrida's understanding, was attempting to prove to his peers that he was perfectly capable of "doing philosophy," and his writing about Husserl was just that: Derrida's attempt to demonstrate philosophical competence. Evans, a highly respected Husserl scholar, wrote that Derrida had badly misunderstood Husserl, and therefore badly failed in the attempt to demonstrate philosophical competence.

My description of the book goes more to motivation than argument, strips its content to a very minimal skeleton, but I believe it takes the short route to the "quick."

Evans' book has been variously seen either as having shown Derrida as an Emperor having no clothes, or, alternately, proved Evans to be a traditionally trained philosopher embracing an outdated understanding who utterly failed to grasp Derrida.

In fairness I have to reveal that Claude and I are good friends and have been for many years.

And I ask you about this, Wos, because so many of the books you have listed here are heavily laden either with primary source reading in post-modern philosophy or discussion of those primary sources, and many of your comments regarding the thoughts of others on many topics discussed in the forum appear to me to contain a fairly large element of post-modern understanding. Correct me if I am wrong in this.

I'm wondering what your reaction to Claude's critique might be, and the degree to which you either simply find post-modern philosophy and its discussion fascinating, or you find yourself intellectually at home in that developing understanding and break from analytic and other "modern" philosophy.

Thanks for reading this long post.
I'm looking forward to your response.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by TwoXseveN » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:01 pm

A_Morley wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:24 am
This is the book I've wanted to write for years. All the same, I will definitely be picking up a copy. Had I been the author, I would likely have have included a chapter on Del.
I'm confident there is a chapter on Del in spite of you not being the author.



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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by A_Morley » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:53 pm

TwoXseveN wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:01 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:24 am
This is the book I've wanted to write for years. All the same, I will definitely be picking up a copy. Had I been the author, I would likely have have included a chapter on Del.
I'm confident there is a chapter on Del in spite of you not being the author.



Or are you?
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Your attempts to imply that I am a sock puppet would be amusing if you were capable of being amusing. I know you live in a world where the only "real", "authentic" people wear tee shirts and bandannas and speak in monosyllables, but there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by wosbald » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:26 pm

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durangopipe wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:21 pm
wosbald wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:34 pm

Writing and Difference by Jacques Derrida
If you haven't already read it, Wos, might I recommend Strategies of Deconstruction by J. Claude Evans?
Claude was, at the time of its writing, primarily a Husserl scholar. This book is a very interesting take on Derrida's work on Husserl.

I'd love to know what you think of it. …
Moving this discussion to Derrida has a Message for Us.




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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by TwoXseveN » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:58 pm

A_Morley wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:53 pm
TwoXseveN wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:01 pm
A_Morley wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:24 am
This is the book I've wanted to write for years. All the same, I will definitely be picking up a copy. Had I been the author, I would likely have have included a chapter on Del.
I'm confident there is a chapter on Del in spite of you not being the author.



Or are you?
You are the best sock puppet aside from Jocose.
Your attempts to imply that I am a sock puppet would be amusing if you were capable of being amusing. I know you live in a world where the only "real", "authentic" people wear tee shirts and bandannas and speak in monosyllables, but there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio.
You wear the Portland character well. It's adorable.

We all pull for you (yes, even me) while you pretend to be a jackass.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Hovannes » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:52 am

Strangers in A Strange Land by Charles J. Chaput.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:57 am

Gabriel wrote:
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I just finished reading "Hound of the Baskervilles" to the kids. Not sure what we'll pick up next.
Are you certain it was not "The Hound of the Bakersfields?" :P
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Tatanka » Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:04 am

I'm still working through William F. Buckley Jr's "God and Man at Yale" and a few days ago started reading the book I'm gifting to my 9 Grandsons, on becoming a real man of honor, honesty, courage, self-management, and men of the Code, titled: "MEN of the CODE" by Bohdi Sanders, PhD.
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by dennisthemenace » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:15 am

Sir Compton Mackenzie's first novel, The Passionate Elopement. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/38177
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by durangopipe » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:27 am

Indelible by Adelia Saunders (Bloomsbury 2017)

Debut novel by one of my students--I just got it in the mail.
Here are parts of two of the many wonderful reviews:

"Richly detailed and highly observant . . . Fans of David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas and Téa Obreht's The Tiger's Wife will love Saunders' debut which takes up the mantle of myth, history, storytelling with beautiful, sure-footed prose."--Kirkus Reviews

"A graceful and elegant novel about love and mystery, loss and melancholy, sorrow and hope."--Viet Thanh Nguyen, Puliter Prize winning author of The Sympathizer

Yeah. I'm proud of her.
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Post by Fainn » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:09 pm

A Time to Prosper by Chuck Pierce and Robert Heidler that I got from the Family Christian sale that everyone pissed on.
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Post by hugodrax » Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:18 pm

A Social History of Bourbon.
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Post by A_Morley » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:07 pm

Vellum
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Re: What book are you reading?

Post by Dlibbon » Wed Mar 29, 2017 4:48 am

Horton's Pilgrim Theology. He highlights how out of the grand drama of scripture we gather doctrines which produce in us doxology leading to discipleship.

I've found that chain particularly helpful in tho season of ministry.


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