“Wise men told him his simple fancies were inane and childish, and even more absurd because their actors persist in fancying them full of meaning and purpose as the blind cosmos grinds aimlessly on from nothing to something and from something back to nothing again, neither heeding nor knowing the wishes or existence of the minds that flicker for a second now and then in the darkness.”
Necronomicon: The Best Weird Tales
“There’s a kind of theology at work here. The bombs are a kind of god. As his power grows, our fear naturally increases. I get as apprehensive as anyone else, maybe more so. We have too many bombs. They have too many bombs. There’s a kind of theology of fear that comes out of this. We begin to capitulate to the overwhelming presence. It’s so powerful. It dwarfs us so much. We say let the god have his way. He’s so much more powerful than we are. Let it happen, whatever he ordains. It used to be that the gods punished men by using the forces of nature against them or by arousing them to take up their weapons and destroy each other. Now god is the force of nature itself, the fusion of tritium and deuterium. Now he’s the weapon. So maybe this time we went too far in creating a being of omnipotent power. All this hardware. Fantastic stockpiles of hardware. The big danger is that we’ll surrender to the sense of inevitability and start flinging mud all over the planet.”
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The Year of Reading Proust
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2013 was the year for reading—or re-reading—Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu or In Search of Lost Time for many of us. However, these thr2013 was the year for reading—or re-reading—Marcel Proust's À la recherche du temps perdu or In Search of Lost Time for many of us.
However, these threads will remain intact for those who wish to use them and the reading schedule to read Proust on their own, by contributing here, or inviting others to use the existing forum structure for future group reads of In Search of Lost Time.
The reading schedule can be found here, and can easily be amended for subsequent year-long reads; see the thread here for the translations and editions we will be using.
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Septober with Bradbury
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What better way to celebrate autumn than by reading the great works of the inimitable Ray Bradbury?
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Members of Kindred Spirits and other interested GR members read Charles Dickens' Bleak House. The read will take place February 2013-April 2013, but tMembers of Kindred Spirits and other interested GR members read Charles Dickens' Bleak House. The read will take place February 2013-April 2013, but the discussions can last longer if members prefer. ...more