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Richard Thompson has completed his goal of reading 75 books for the 2018 Reading Challenge!
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" I am clearly falling behind on my reading challenge this year. I had better switch to more Stefan Zweig and less 800 page books like Das Kapital, The ...more "
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Consciousness Explained by Daniel C. Dennett
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There were parts of this book that were quite difficult and that I would probably have to reread a few times to fully appreciate, but ovreall it was a lot easier to read than most works of philosophy and/or science that deal with the same subject mat ...more
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Day Equals Night by Valeria Narbikova
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Narbikova's writing style is unique. It feels like stream of consciousness, but it is far more consciously constructed than any other stream of consciousness book that I have read. Her prose is like a complex fractal web built of connections, contras ...more
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Discipline and Punish by Michel Foucault
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For a long time I turned my nose up at Foucault based on what I thought that other people think that he says. It all seemed to be convoluted and beside the point, but he is so highly regarded that I decided that I should give him a chance to speak fo ...more
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Aphrodite and the Rabbis by Burton L. Visotzky
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We typically think of the Jews of the Roman Empire as rebellious holdouts, who refused to bow down to the ruling culture, but Visotzsky explains how this view is completely backwards. There were certainly some rebellious radicals, but the majority of ...more
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Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto
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Zama is a fascinating character. To the bitter end he is filled with expectations that can never be realized. He is a terrible bureaucrat caught in a Kafkaesque bureaucracy and a would-be Casanova filled with delusions about his power over women, who ...more
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Varamo by César Aira
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Varamo plays with ideas of causation, creation, contradiction, time, reality, fantasy, history, criticism and art in a way that makes fun of itself and its characters on a variety of levels. The book purports to reconstruct the night on which a famou ...more
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