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Category: Literature

Harry Potter

A good friend had recommend that I should try the Harry Potter books. I was very dubious to say the least (anything loved by the masses has to suck), but now that I’m half way through the first one I must say that the books are indeed quite good, quite entertaining, quite imaginative, and just […]

Book burning

  CNN: Bookstore owner burns books in protest KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Tom Wayne has amassed thousands of books in a warehouse during the 10 years he has run his used book store, Prospero’s Books. His collection ranges from best sellers, such as Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” and Tom Wolfe’s “Bonfire […]

My new favorite theologian

  Theodore Parker Web Site I discovered Theodore Parker via the book The American Transendetalists: Their Prose and Poetry (a paperback from 1957 that I found in a used bookstore). The book had his sermon The Transient and Permanent in Christianity (one heck of a sermon that got him ostracized by the Unitarians of his […]

Favorite Books of 2006

  I was inspired to make this list after reading Time Magazine’s 10 Best Books article (thanks to DeathbyUlysses for the link) Here’s my list of books I read in the last year that I found to be particularly moving… 1. The Dharma Bums – by Jack Kerouac 2. Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: […]

What I’m reading right now

  Right now I’m reading The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac, which has been a delightful (yet occasionally disturbing read). I’ll post more thoughts on it later when I finish it, but let me go ahead and post this little snippet that I found particularly delicious… “Give me another slug of that jug. How! Ho! […]

What I’m reading

  I read Wendell Berry’s short story “Pray without ceasing” (found in his book Fidelity: Five Stories) yesterday morning and it has really stuck in my mind, in fact I would say it may be my new favorite of Berry’s works. Such an incredible story of genuine love and forgiveness within the context of the […]

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