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Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #960 on: February 06, 2008, 05:24:24 PM »
Just received (as a most awesome, early Valentine's Day gift from my fiancee) the complete

Life of Richard Wagner (4 Volumes/Ernest Newman)
I am very happy and excited!

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #961 on: February 06, 2008, 07:05:37 PM »
Indeed.

And knowing you as a movie fan, Bill:  There's a fine BBC film adaptation with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds that's more restrained and period correct than the preposterously glitzy "Ode to Closeups of Kiera Knightley's Visage" that recently masqueraded as a movie adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

Just checked my wife's collection of Austen dvd's....and what do you know?  She has this one!  I will have to view it after completing the novel.  Thanks for the heads up.  Like you David, I did not care for the recent adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  It was disturbing to see Sutherland resurrect his Sgt. Oddball character and transplant it in Longbourn.  However, I did enjoy the Firth BBC effort.
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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #962 on: February 07, 2008, 12:18:42 AM »
Stephen Jay Gould:       "Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle"

A very interesting essay on the concepts of linear and cyclic History, applied to Geology. 

MN Dave

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #963 on: February 07, 2008, 10:40:16 AM »
I'm listening to this in the Jeep:


MN Dave

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #964 on: February 08, 2008, 05:31:50 AM »
I'm a little ways into FEAR AND LOATHING and I'm wondering what the big deal is supposed to be.

I'm also reading Thomas Merton's NO MAN IS AN ISLAND.

karlhenning

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #965 on: February 08, 2008, 05:35:27 AM »
I'm a little ways into FEAR AND LOATHING and I'm wondering what the big deal is supposed to be.

All I can say is, it doesn't really arc up from there.

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« Reply #966 on: February 08, 2008, 06:08:15 AM »
I'm a little ways into FEAR AND LOATHING and I'm wondering what the big deal is supposed to be.
I remember it being published as a multi-part article in Rolling Stone in the early '70s.  I think the "big deal" then was his balls-out style glorifying outrageously irresponsible use of mind-altering drugs.  From today's vantage point it's not cool but pathetic.  Not that it was even cool back then.  I started but didn't finish reading the first installment and never read the rest.  A few years ago some losers made a movie out of it, with Johnny Depp out of his depth playing Thompson.  About 15 minutes of that was all I could take.
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MN Dave

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« Reply #967 on: February 08, 2008, 06:13:17 AM »
I remember it being published as a multi-part article in Rolling Stone in the early '70s.  I think the "big deal" then was his balls-out style glorifying outrageously irresponsible use of mind-altering drugs.  From today's vantage point it's not cool but pathetic.

Exactly. There's some money down the drain.  ::)

Kullervo

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« Reply #968 on: February 08, 2008, 06:14:31 AM »

George

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« Reply #969 on: February 08, 2008, 06:15:33 AM »
Exactly. There's some money down the drain.  ::)

At least you didn't smoke it up.  $:)

MN Dave

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #970 on: February 08, 2008, 06:17:23 AM »
At least you didn't smoke it up.  $:)

Gave up smoking a while back. And I was never really into the wacky tabacky.

George

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #971 on: February 08, 2008, 06:22:43 AM »
Gave up smoking a while back. And I was never really into the wacky tabacky.

Good for you, I quit smoking about 6 years ago.  :)

MN Dave

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #972 on: February 08, 2008, 06:25:42 AM »
Good for you, I quit smoking about 6 years ago.  :)

I smoked Marlboro longhorns (100s). How about you?

Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #973 on: February 08, 2008, 06:26:13 AM »
At least you didn't smoke it up.  $:)



Personally, I'd much rather spend the $15-20 on weed than that ridiculous book.

Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #974 on: February 08, 2008, 06:26:52 AM »
Good for you, I quit smoking about 6 years ago.  :)




I slowed way down. But it's still fun on an extremely limited basis.

Haffner

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #975 on: February 08, 2008, 06:52:14 AM »
Journeys to Selfhood (Taylor)


This book relies way more on Hegel and the proto-existentialists like Heidegger than Kierkegaard. But that makes it even more interesting to me. Hegel's ultra-verbose, abstract style was perfect for seeing things in the macrocosm. I mean, you can more easily insert the larger patterns of your life (both in-and-outwardly experienced) into the archetypes he asserts.


Oh no, tell me I didn't sound like Hegel there (laughing)!

George

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #976 on: February 08, 2008, 08:41:05 AM »



I slowed way down. But it's still fun on an extremely limited basis.

I should clarify, I quit smoking cigarettes. They were enjoyable, especially good ones like Dunhill, but not fun.

As for the wacky tobacky, I can't have a little of anything, so it had to go (11 years ago.)

George

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« Reply #977 on: February 08, 2008, 08:42:46 AM »


Personally, I'd much rather spend the $15-20 on weed than that ridiculous book.

Again, to clarify, when I said "smoke it up" I was referring to crack. I guess that one flew over everyone's head.  ::)

MN Dave

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #978 on: February 08, 2008, 08:46:23 AM »
Again, to clarify, when I said "smoke it up" I was referring to crack. I guess that one flew over everyone's head.  ::)

Wasn't lofty enough to fly over our heads.  ;D

George

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Re: What are you currently reading?
« Reply #979 on: February 08, 2008, 08:53:02 AM »
Wasn't lofty enough to fly over our heads.  ;D

Yeah, I should have smoked up prior to penning that one.  ;)