How do I not already own this? Her name is sooo familiar. Obviously that's probably because I'm here in Minneapolis, but I don't know where in particu...moreHow do I not already own this? Her name is sooo familiar. Obviously that's probably because I'm here in Minneapolis, but I don't know where in particular I've heard of her before.. Sounds like her philosophy is pretty much exactly like my own.(less)
Ok, I'm officially giving up. Yes, I agree with my daughter that it's cool how the punishments fit the crime - like for theives, their own actual human...moreOk, I'm officially giving up. Yes, I agree with my daughter that it's cool how the punishments fit the crime - like for theives, their own actual human form keeps getting stolen and they are forced to shape-shift into reptilian form and back. Awesome.
But the payoff is insufficient.
How do I dislike these? Let me enumerate some of the ways:
Zillions of references to local politics of Italy circa 700AD - don't know, not that interested honestly.
Millions of references to mythology - don't know, so don't get it, and don't care very much.
Each bit of content is very short: a meeting, a conversation, a response, on to the next thing. All extremely episodic and lots of work digging in to all the meanings and allusions only to be suddenly finished. Blah.
In between that kind of content, these opaque place-descriptions and movement descriptions - lots of work, don't care that much.
Painting of Jews and Muslims as evil, by the way (unless I'm interpreting it wrong) - not surprising, since it's Christian-oriented. But unpleasant and off-putting.
Plus the whole thing about Virgil having been in Hell briefly due to living just before Christ was born. He was Roman though, right? The Romans didn't become Christian till Constantine (interesting story about that included - the leprosy and all); so he didn't really 'just miss' being born whole and living a life of grace. He just missed taking part of the gleeful persecution of Christ.
Which is fine, but it's like, the little bit that I do know of the situation underlying all this is out of kilter.
But I'm very happy to have been exposed to it. Honestly, I feel like - the people living then thought all these big thoughts? And wrote so ornately? And were that smart? And had that much history? It makes me remember how rich and textured human history is, going that far back.
So, there is that.
May use it for sleep-induction from time to time, or when feeling too content with my day or something. For the most part though, I declare myself finished with it. Bah!(less)
I imagine I may have read this in high school, or else I didn't. If I did, it was without the full measure of enjoyment that is available to be gained...moreI imagine I may have read this in high school, or else I didn't. If I did, it was without the full measure of enjoyment that is available to be gained from it, verily. So, to read/re-read it will be listed unto itself, -eth.(less)
Kim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply too...moreKim was one of those really really hard books I tried to read as a teenager, and unlike 'Zen and the Art of MM', I never succeeded. It was simply too densely packed and had too much unknown vocabulary, and a whole flavor and set of contexts I was unfamiliar with. Now I know a bit more about India, and tried to recently skim it a little, and am instead (and/or again) annoyed by his attitude, the way I perceive it anyway.
This book looks like it could be the perfect thing for me! Someone saying, ok Claire, in this Chapter, he's talking about this part of India, and this or that happening, and this is what he's referring to here. Sounds excellent!
With this I would read it once, then read it again with Kim (probably in short bits), just to gain that awareness (even though lots of it bothers me). And go on with my life accordingly..(less)
I think I read this in High School, in fact I think it was one of the things of that set that I liked the most (not necessarily saying a lot). Anyhoo,...moreI think I read this in High School, in fact I think it was one of the things of that set that I liked the most (not necessarily saying a lot). Anyhoo, how it's on a list of books for my daughter to choose from, so reacquainting (and perhaps re-reading) myself.
So, this bull-headed Norwegian (my blood of there is like, yeah? So?) has a theory that everyone disbelieves, and seeks to prove it through action which everyone believes is deadly. He gets 5 guys to join him, and amazing (true!) adventures ensue. 1946. The wide sea, water, wind, sea creatures galore - and a raft. Wild!(less)
Perfect for my transit journeys this next week. Her 'Their Eyes' still resonates from when I re-read it last fall, am delighted to have more to read o...morePerfect for my transit journeys this next week. Her 'Their Eyes' still resonates from when I re-read it last fall, am delighted to have more to read of her.
Have read 5 or 6 so far, I really like them. Have been reading anthologies of short stories and so on for the last several months, and hers are definitely among my favorite. They don't throw me around too much, they match up information provided with information required well, they have a full, rich flavor that is very accessible, there is a great story arc to each one, full characters despite the short story format: all adds up to sublime delight.
Marking as read, but there is more there for next time..
While it dragged in parts, in fact I remember kind of thinking I'd stop soon, multiple times during it; it always picked up just enough at the last po...moreWhile it dragged in parts, in fact I remember kind of thinking I'd stop soon, multiple times during it; it always picked up just enough at the last possible minute. And since it's true, you know that the pacing was due to it being.. real life. And in fact, the pacing to me in retrospect was among the more fascinating aspects - this danger.. or this 'situation' even, that kind of recedes; might be over entirely... then it's back! And plans are made and intentions and further learning is gained and there are actions and reactions, and then- it recedes again. I think often life is like that, to an extent that isn't recognized. People think they're going through something new, when actually it's simply another iteration of a long-standing phenomena.
I also liked the guy's humility, and his average-ness, and that he rose to the challenge, in a totally average, annoyed-more-often-than-not, one-step-at-a-time way. And eventually he won.
The reader learns as he learns which is fun also. And some still relevant I believe, the notion of honeypots is quite ongoing in various contexts, for instance.
I haven't re-read this, would be entirely different to read it now. But at the time, that's how it was for me.
By the way, it isn't cool or anything, but I like to give 5 stars. It doesn't mean my entire definition as a human being changed, or that I'm going to take up such a higher magnitude of good works that human suffering will be wiped out in mere weeks; just that I liked it a lot and it was the complete entity, fully-actualized, as much effectively itself as I feel it could be. And I like to look up at skyscrapers too. So there.(less)
Ok, I didn't *read* this, but plays are meant to be seen, not read. And I saw it - well, not the play, but the uber-excellent film made my Mike Nichol...moreOk, I didn't *read* this, but plays are meant to be seen, not read. And I saw it - well, not the play, but the uber-excellent film made my Mike Nichols with Meryl Streep and everyone. Very luscious. I saw it again last week, while home sick. I'd been wanting to see it, as Tony Kushner is here opening a new work and having stagings of multiple prior works. It's all Kushner, all the time. It's wonderful. So, in case I get to fit in any of the performances, I wanted to see this of his again. And this time, I knew what to expect more. It didn't overwhelm me nearly as much. In fact, I was prepared to be overwhelmed, and I wasn't. It was almost like a micro-experience. Scenes I'd remembered as going on forever seemed very short. Speaks to the effect of surprise on one's viewing experience, I guess. But back to the words of it and all - in a review of one of his plays here, a reviewer used the word 'Proclamatory' to describe it. I was so relieved. That's how I'd felt about it, but hadn't known how to describe it. But that's exactly it. Not that there isn't a plot, and characters, and forward motion (on so many levels), but much of the action and dialogue and monologues do, in fact, proclaim. And, more in keeping with my prior reaction, much of it felt beyond my grasp. I mean, I just couldn't gain traction with parts of it. Much about America, and Freedom, and Love, and whatnot. Tony said things, and I couldn't disagree or agree, or even nod my head. There were collections of words I just couldn't add up the meanings to. One small example: A death, a request to forgive, a refusal to forgive, a suggestion that: perhaps forgiveness is where justice and love meet. Ok, I know what all those words mean, but, the sum of them in that organization, I can't get there. 'Where love and justice meet' - they meet? They're normally separate? Like parallel lines? Only, in forgiveness, these parallel lines cross? Or, the personal (love) separate from the public (justice).....?? Or love between people, justice for those who've done wrong...love prevents justice (lack of forgiveness) or love and justice as two different effects, meeting in the choice of forgiveness perhaps. A big part of my experience was that I wasn't all there, recovering from a sleepless night due to episodic illness. So, thinking powers were reduced. Clearly, causing me to miss whole impacts of this rich, essential work. Much of it still delighted me and was very wonderful. The part about how God does change - perfect. Lou's reaction to Joe's professional work, Mother Pitt about disappointment, Ethel Rosenberg's reaction with her eyes to one thing Roy Cohn says, the Rabbi's initial speech. That initial speech at the funeral alone is priceless, about immigrants and what they brought with them to the US. I tear up just thinking about it. Harper's piece towards the end about how nothing is lost, nothing is in vain; that too. How Belize gets the first few bottles of AZT from Roy fascinates. Mother Pitt is so awesome. Joe's perfect... what.. insanity? And such a great look at conservatism, and race in the US, and how the gay community dealt with the AIDS crisis as it hit, and the price paid by women married to closeted gay men almost most of it; except so much of the rest is also very fully related. But all of Lou's ramblings go past me - and I think some of them are supposed to, but that I'm also missing some. Next time I see it, with my faculties all in place, hopefully will gain entire additional meanings. My advice to you: see it when you're at your best, to gain the most from it.(less)
Minneapolis writer! Looks fascinating, might have to send a copy to our relatives in Germany after reading also! 'Boutique' printing - only 5000 copies...moreMinneapolis writer! Looks fascinating, might have to send a copy to our relatives in Germany after reading also! 'Boutique' printing - only 5000 copies! Yikes! Ok, that's way too many exclamation points..(less)