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The Prophet
98% Nonsense. I feel dizzy.

There are a couple nice lines in here:

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not...more
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 08, 2010
Common Sense
Some would disregard this work as significant only as a "period piece." No. This is a work of near-perfection in political argument: every section is...more
Dec 28, 2008
Dec 15, 2008
Tragic Sense of Life
The first half (until he warns you that he's about to go off the deep end) is one of the best books I've ever read. The second half is almost postmode...more
May 05, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
No Exit
The version I read didn't have 4 plays. In fact, I read an online version:

A brilliant examination of hell. It...more
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
Letter to a Christian Nation
This is perhaps the worst book I've ever read the whole way through. Harris makes atheism look like the religion of angry high school kids, filling 90...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 28, 2008
Letter to His Father
A fascinating look into Kafka's mind and heart. Written shortly before his death (he speaks of being 36 as if it were in the distant past), the entire...more
Feb 24, 2010
Sep 15, 2009
Paradise Regained
Amazing. Underrated. Sure, it's short and the language is plain, but that's also what's so amazing about it. Milton takes it down a notch rhetorically...more
May 07, 2010
May 06, 2010

Reading this the second time felt a lot different from when I read it back in 2003 when it came out. I have always been a big Nirvana fan; I remember...more
May 20, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
A Doll's House
I suppose this didn't really have an effect on me because of the revolution (not a hyperbole, in this case) in social/sexual norms since 1879. That sa...more
Dec 02, 2009
Dec 02, 2009
The Law
I...don't know about this--there's a lot to think about here. Bastiat is basically defending--in a very sharp way--Locke's ideas without mentioning Lo...more
Mar 08, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
One of the foundational documents of Western civilization--and when I say that, I mean civilization. Of course, the arguments are all horrible, and Pl...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 23, 2010
Diaries of Franz Kafka
I didn't want to admit that Kafka was crazy, but it seems impossible not to admit it now. I learned a lot about the man which I had not known before (...more
Mar 14, 2010
Sep 16, 2009
The Art of Fiction
Very inspiring. Got me really charged up at the end.

It's always good to sit at the feet of one of your heroes and take his advice. I read this becaus...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
Machiavelli in Hell
One of the densest books I've ever read. Thorough to a fault (it gets a bit repetitive). Brilliantly organized like a symphony, it builds to a climax...more
Nov 12, 2010
Oct 15, 2010
Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II's Sexual Revolution
Christopher West's writing is corny. I'll just say it.

I gave this book 4 stars simply because of the content, which is mind-blowing. I give 4 stars to...more
Jul 2008
Dec 15, 2008
The Iceman Cometh
A genius study in how we make excuses for ourselves, how some fear success. A brilliant field report from the land of the fallen (us), the sin-a-holic...more
Apr 14, 2010
Apr 05, 2010
The Anatomy Lesson
"His father had never forgiven the mockery in Carnovsky...the wounded pride, the confused emotions, the social embarassment...his brother had claimed...more
Sep 09, 2010
Sep 04, 2010
Murder in the Cathedral
Completely unstageable, unperformable, but amazing. Reminds me a lot of Samson Agonistes--not very much happens except talking, but the poetry is just...more
Jun 03, 2010
Jun 02, 2010
The Death of a Pope
Not many books can be suspenseful and heavy at the same time. Read gives you something to think about while he's got you on the edge of your seat wond...more
May 31, 2009
May 27, 2009
The Abolition of Man
Wow. He really gave it to 'em good.

Lewis begins with a discussion of education, contrasting what all of history's great thinkers on education (Plato,...more
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The version I read was plain text, not annotated. Lots of jokes over my head here.

Lots of others, however, did not; and it's a great play. While many...more
Jul 23, 2011
Aug 26, 2010
On the Incarnation
"A brief statement of the faith of Christ and of the manifestation of His Godhead to us."

Like many others on this site, I was surprised and delighted...more
Aug 14, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences
A great gift to Christendom. Before reading this book I had my stereotypes about evangelicals, and I found here that they are a lot smarter than they...more
Jun 06, 2009
Apr 23, 2009
I Like Being Catholic: Treasured Traditions, Rituals, and Stories
Hit and miss. Because this is a collection of responses and not one long essay, it's hard to comment generally. But there were a lot of things about t...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 15, 2009
Life of Pi
I couldn't take anymore after page 108, especially considering there was over 200 pages to go. Maybe if it was shorter I could have braved it.

Why this...more
Mar 29, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals
I'm told this is Barack Hussein Obama's favorite book. Hillary Rodham did her thesis on Alinsky.

I guess this just goes to show what I should have know...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
The Humbling
"People go around killing people in movies all the time, but the reason they make all those movies is that for 99.9 percent of the audience, it's impo...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 12, 2011
The Gospel of Thomas: A Contemporary Translation
Worth reading, if only to appreciate the canon.

As with all heresies, there is truth to it, but a truth which has been perverted. Heresy either overdo...more
Feb 15, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
How to Read a Poem
Mr. Raffel, thank you for writing this book.

This book is sorely needed in today's culture. I wish more people would read it. Sadly, poetry doesn't mak...more
Jan 17, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
Something Beautiful for God
Aptly named. The combination of the unforgettable Mother Theresa and the detached wit of then-deist Malcolm Muggeridge is, at times, too good to be tr...more
Jan 17, 2014
Dec 29, 2013
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