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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:37 pm
by Arcturus Descending
unknowing wrote:A natural history of language, The Power Of Babel, by John McWorter


I like John McWhorter. Is that worth reading?

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

PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:56 pm
by unknowing
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.

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

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:12 am
by unknowing
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.

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

PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 3:49 pm
by Arcturus Descending
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?

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

PostPosted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:47 pm
by Arcturus Descending
The audiobook is actually called Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare ~ written by Stephen Greenblatt.

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

PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:02 pm
by Arcturus Descending
Fall of Giants
Ken Follett

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

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:32 pm
by Meno_
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.

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:49 pm
by Arcturus Descending
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

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

PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 6:05 pm
by MagsJ
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. :-?

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

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:28 pm
by Arcturus Descending
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.

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

PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:32 pm
by Pandora
The Great Transformation (The Beginning of our Religious Traditions), by Karen Armstrong.

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

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:22 pm
by Meno_
Janus, Arthur Koestler

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:22 am
by Pandora
Rome and Jerusalem (the Clash of Ancient Civilizations), by Martin Goodman.

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

PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:17 pm
by lordoflight
I was elected to lead, not to read...

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

PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:02 pm
by MagsJ
lordoflight wrote:I was elected to lead, not to read...

Where do you get your input from, instead of from books?

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

PostPosted: Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:14 pm
by promethean75

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

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:49 pm
by philomene

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

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:52 pm
by philomene

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

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:53 pm
by philomene
the untouched key by alice miller

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

PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:55 pm
by philomene
envy and gratitude by melanie klein

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

PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:47 pm
by Exuberant Teleportation
Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Hyperspace, the Tao of Jeet Kune Do

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

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:56 pm
by promethean75

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

PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:19 pm
by Arcturus Descending

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

PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 5:03 pm
by Exuberant Teleportation
The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking

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

PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:27 pm
by Exuberant Teleportation
Pokemon Yellow strategy guide