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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
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
The Closing of the American Mind
5 stars, but that doesn't tell the whole story. In fact, it's one of the most complicated books I've ever read. I took 35 pages of notes on this book, ...more
Mar 27, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
No Exit
The version I read didn't have 4 plays. In fact, I read an online version:

A brilliant examination of hell. It
Apr 28, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
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
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
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
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
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
San Manuel Bueno, mártir
Unamuno's fiction masterpiece. If you want to get a brief summary of Unamuno's philosophy of Quixotism, read this. It's short, well-written (I recall ...more
Jun 11, 2011
Mar 25, 2011
Think and Grow Rich
If you liked this book, I have some very fine cloth to sell you. It has special properties which make it invisible to the eyes of fools and simpletons ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 22, 2009
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
I gave up on p. 122.

Awful. Tedious. Pretentious. There's not a likable character in the book; Kundera's prose sounds like a stereotypical French immig
Jan 08, 2010
Sep 15, 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
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
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 Professor of Desire
This has no plot. This has no plot. This has no plot. A tedious novel, if it even is a novel rather than a series of pointless but amusing anecdotes a ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
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
Jul 2008
Dec 15, 2008
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
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
Mar 29, 2010
Feb 22, 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
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
Oh, if only Milton knew what his name was used for now. He's always been a symbol of freedom (see Wordsworth's poem to him, Oscar Wilde's prison poem ...more
Apr 26, 2010
Apr 09, 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
May 20, 2009
Jan 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,
Apr 02, 2010
Apr 01, 2010
Seven Theories of Religion
I learned a lot from this book. I was familiar with the more popular (and, interestingly, more stupid) theorists: Marx, Freud, Durkheim. This book int ...more
Jan 22, 2009
Jan 15, 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
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
In Defense of Globalization
I actually forgot that I read this book. I remembered when I found in one of my dozens of notebooks pages of thorough notes on it. I remember this boo ...more
Oct 2007
Sep 17, 2009
The Maxims and Sayings of St Philip Neri
Never say, “What great things the Saints do,” but, “What great things God does in His Saints.”

--St. Philip Neri

What great things God has done in St. P
Mar 10, 2011
Mar 07, 2011
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