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Kingfisher
Gold Member
Narcissus and Goldmund

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The Magus
Great choice with the Magus. I think all young men should read the book. Young women too, but my focus would be on young men.

I also left my home country when i was young and went away to a more exotic place.

One of the best novels of the 20th century is an understatement.
 

ball dont lie

Kingfisher
Gold Member
I mostly listen to audiobooks through Libby app on my phone, which is excellent and gets updated to be even better. I get books through my library card. A couple friends in major cities gave me their library cards too.

How We Got to Now
by Steven Johnson
Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

Explains different objects that allows the modern world to be created. Glass and its manipulation. To beakers for science experiments, microscope lenses, glasses, telescopes and fiberglass which then became motherboards and circuitry. Very interested. Not too long.


The Great Upheaval
by Jay Winik
America and the Birth of the Modern World

Long but the first half is excellent, which explains the late 1700, lets say 1780-90 and the creation of the USA, Russia and France. So much detail that helps makes all the people in that era seem real and how important their choices were in creating the new types of government in the USA and France.

How to Change Your Mind
by Michael Pollan
What the New Science of Psychedelics

Pretty good. I have taken quite a bit of mind altering drugs when I was young but had a terrible trip with acid and nitrous oxide/laughing gas which was my last time. The science is in and most people find positive trips to be among the most important events in their lives. He recommends tripping in a great environment, even with training specialists.


The Long Walk
by Stephen King

Really good novella about death and the struggle of life. One of Kings best. Not scary or weird sex stuff which sometimes has.
 

CSFurious

Newbie
"Frank Rizzo" by S.A. Paolantonio; "Monumental Myths ..." by Ty Bollinger; "The White Duds: the Real-Life Dirty Dozen in Vietnam" by Thomas Chittum; I am also reading the "John Milton" series by Mark Dawson, Milton is a former assassin for the British government who is now a recovering alcoholic who is like "The Equalizer".

I like to read several books at once.
 

g_niks

Newbie
Enlightenment Now - Steven Pinker
The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks
Sugar Ray - Sugar Ray Robinson
The Will To Power - Friedrich Nietzsche
The 48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene
Book of Haikus - Jack Kerouac
 

hyh88

Newbie
The Pale King - David Foster Wallace

Written in 2008, but a choice quote:

“You can see where it’s going. The extraordinary political apathy that followed Watergate and Vietnam and the institutionalization of grass-roots rebellion among minorities will only deepen. Politics is about consensus, and the advertising legacy of the sixties is that consensus is repression. Voting’ll be unhip: Americans now vote with their wallets. Government’s only cultural role will be as the tyrannical parent we both hate and need. Look for us to elect someone who can cast himself as a Rebel, maybe even a cowboy, but who deep down we’ll know he is a bureaucratic creature who’ll operate inside the government mechanism instead of naively banging his head against it the way we’ve watched poor Jimmy do for four years.”
 

Timothy Crow

Sparrow
The Turner Diaries by W.L. Pierce.
Read it some years ago and have decided to revisit it. Currently it appears more relevant today than when it was first written.
 

Salinger

Woodpecker
Lolita by Nabakov.

I know this book is risque. However, you can't help but feel sympathy (even empathy for some of us) for a man who falls in love at a tender early age, only to lose the girl and spend the rest of his life with a void that can never be filled.

Jeremy Irons makes a perfect narrator for this audio book.
 

Hermetic Seal

Kingfisher
Gold Member
CS Lewis - That Hideous Strength

I've been working through Lewis' Space Trilogy, which I'd never read before. The first third or so of this book was pretty slow, but it gets interesting in the second half. This book was published in 1945 and it's downright eerie how prescient Lewis was. Just check out this little excerpt:

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The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to its History, Doctrine, and Spiritual Culture - Anthony McGuckin

Part of my ongoing quest to learn more about Orthodoxy. Just started reading this. Enjoying it so far.
 

Sigmata

Newbie
American Nations - A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, Colin Woodward

This book can be a fascinating read for Americans trying to make sense of the regional cultural variations in the United States. It should be on the list of required reading for high school students of history in the U.S. The author fills in a lot of gaps of understanding and provides thorough explanations for the provincialism one often encounters in the U.S., especially along the Eastern seaboard and desert Southwest.
 
Great choice with the Magus. I think all young men should read the book. Young women too, but my focus would be on young men.

I also left my home country when i was young and went away to a more exotic place.

One of the best novels of the 20th century is an understatement.
I finished it and thought the writing was awesome. Parts that were a bit drawn out with unnecessary information, but awesome writing.

The story was interesting and riveting at points, but the ending didn't really tie all of it together. I'm fine with that. But wondering what you got out of it? I got the most out of the analysis of him as being a closet narcissist and self-pitying.
 
There's something of a double standard with dictators.

Mao's death toll is dominated by the millions who starved during the Great Leap Forward.

But normally, deaths by starvation, even when they're the product of government policy, aren't considered tantamount to genocide.

I'm not praising Mao here by any means.

But, for example, Churchill presided over a famine in Bengal in 1943 which killed several million people. He was criticized even at the time for his government's role. Was that genocide?
Those numbers are inflated for political cold war reasons. The real catastrophe of mao is that his Great Leap Forward built up the country adequately for the bosses to move our industry there.
 

jarlo

Sparrow
I started reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, who is more famously the author of The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. The book is a series of letters from one devil, Screwtape, to his nephew, Wormwood, providing advice on how to lead people away from God and towards Satan.

I'm only a few chapters in, but here is a passage I like:

One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans. All your patient sees is the half-finished, sham Gothic erection on the new building estate. When he goes inside, he sees the local grocer with rather an oily expression on his face bustling up to offer him one shiny little
book containing a liturgy which neither of them understands, and one shabby little book containing corrupt texts of a number of religious lyrics, mostly bad, and in very small print. When he gets to his pew and looks round him he sees just that selection of his neighbours whom he has hitherto avoided. You want to lean pretty heavily on those neighbours. Make his mind flit to and fro between an expression like ‘the body of Christ’ and the actual faces in the next pew. It matters very little, of course, what kind of people that next pew really contains. You may know one of them to be a great warrior on the Enemy’s side. No matter. Your patient, thanks to Our Father Below, is a fool. Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune, or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous. At his present stage, you see, he has an idea of ‘Christians’ in his mind which he supposes to be spiritual but which, in fact, is largely pictorial. His mind is full of togas and sandals and armour and bare legs and the mere fact that the other people in church wear modern clothes is a real—though of course an unconscious—difficulty to him. Never let it come to the surface; never let him ask what he expected them to look like. Keep everything hazy in his mind now, and you will have all eternity wherein to amuse yourself by producing in him the peculiar kind of clarity which Hell affords.
 
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