So, what books are you reading right now?

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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:37 pm

unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?
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“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby unknowing » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:56 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:
unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?


To be honest, it's my next read. It's coming by UPS. Should've taken note of the "right now" part of the title.

I like the idea of languages evolving and going extinct, which this book promises to be about. I also like the idea behind the towel of babel, one language for everybody, so I picked this book based on that. If that gives you an idea?

Have you read other books by him? I think he's an associate professor in linguistics.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby unknowing » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:12 am

unknowing wrote:
Arcturus Descending wrote:
unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?


To be honest, it's my next read. It's coming by UPS. Should've taken note of the "right now" part of the title.

I like the idea of languages evolving and going extinct, which this book promises to be about. I also like the idea behind the towel of babel, one language for everybody, so I picked this book based on that. If that gives you an idea?

Have you read other books by him? I think he's an associate professor in linguistics.


This book has me convinced Shakespeare will be forgotten sooner than later.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:49 pm

I like the idea of languages evolving and going extinct, which this book promises to be about. I also like the idea behind the towel of babel, one language for everybody, so I picked this book based on that. If that gives you an idea?

Have you read other books by him? I think he's an associate professor in linguistics.

This book has me convinced Shakespeare will be forgotten sooner than later.


It would be a terrible shame if Shakespeare and his works at some point came to be forgotten. But I do not believe that.
I am now listening to an audiobook about William Shakespeare called I believe William Shakespeare and how he became William Shakespeare. It is really a wonderful audiobook and fascinating, informative. It gives you a more intimate perspective into the man, the human being which he was, and some of the thing which might have driven him, the themes of which show up in his masterpieces.

There is another book about language. I cannot recall the name of it or the writer. I do not believe it is the Tower of Babel. But I will find it. The write-up sounded fascinating - one that McWhorter recommended.

I eventually got McWhorters Language Lectures on cd. They are well worth the viewing time and he is a great lecturer. Makes the history of language so come alive.

As long as there is *written* language, a language will not be forgotten or die out.
Why would you like language to die out?
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:47 pm

The audiobook is actually called Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare ~ written by Stephen Greenblatt.
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:02 pm

Fall of Giants
Ken Follett
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Meno_ » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:32 pm

Enactive Realism by Kyle Takaki, a comparison of varience and similarity between Karl Polanyi's tacit knowledge and Merleau Ponty's phenomenology, in order to get to the latter's : ' The Visible and the Invisible, an unfinished work.

A spring to summer self assignment, perhaps a bit too ambitious, but worth a try.
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:49 pm

Winter of the World
Ken Follett

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/129 ... -the-world
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby MagsJ » Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:05 pm

No time or capacity for books, as my mind is occupied with reading Party manifestos, daily briefings on Party policies, and a tonne of political Party literature.

I will be in need of a very good party or two to attend, after the Local Elections are over, as doing such things during campaign time does not look good. :-?
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Arcturus Descending » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:28 pm

A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/294 ... -in-moscow

Read it already.

I actually came to enjoy this book so much though at first I was a little bit bored with it - too light, slow, no action lol


“By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory, that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration—and our unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.”


“Dutifully, the Count put the spoon in his mouth. In an instant, there was the familiar sweetness of fresh honey---sunlit, golden, and gay. Given the time of year, the Count was expecting this first impression to be followed by a hint of lilacs from the Alexander Gardens or cherry blossoms from the Garden Ring. But as the elixir dissolved on his tongue, the Count became aware of something else entirely. Rather than the flowering trees of Central Moscow, the honey had a hint of a grassy riverbank.....the trace of a summer breeze......a suggestion of a pergola.....But most of all there was the unmistakable essence of a thousand apple trees in bloom.
"Nizhny Novgorod", he said.
And it was.”

“Who would have imagined,” he said, “when you were sentenced to life in the Metropol all those years ago, that you had just become the luckiest man in all of Russia.”

That last quote is the true beauty and meaning and essence of the book. What a beautiful character he was.

The same with the book

Beneath a Scarlet Sky
by Mark Sullivan

https://marksullivanbooks.com/beneath-a-scarlet-sky/

It is amazing how truly heroic so many human beings can be ~ I mean *real* heroes.
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: So, what books are you reading right now?

Postby Pandora » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:32 pm

The Great Transformation (The Beginning of our Religious Traditions), by Karen Armstrong.
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