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by Spinoza
Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

I was a Joyce scholar in college, but I focused on Ulysses and mostly ignored Finnegans Wake to save time. If you look at it from Joyce's point of view, there is a very natural progression from Dubliners --> POTAYM --> Ulysses --> Finnegans Wake, as if he thought: why write the same thing twice? It...
by Spinoza
Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

And when I have dreams, they aren't far reaching with political and antimuslim and apocalyptic undertones. I dream of things like sitting in an underwater warehouse playing starcraft while simultaniously being on a TV on the Radio music video. Well, you can bet Joyce didn't dream of anything so ban...
by Spinoza
Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

That's more snobby than Joyce! As for my interpretation of that one paragraph... first of all... I misspoke about the "Black Stone" being white... serves me right for talking off the top of my head about a culture I'm not a part of. But the criticisms of Joyce's language are pretty weak. T...
by Spinoza
Tue Mar 24, 2009 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

I will say that given your preconception about the normative aspects of writing, it's not surprising that you don't like this. That's fine... I don't like Rudyard Kipling's writing. But I wouldn't try to make any objective claims about it. Especially with such a well established classic of the craf...
by Spinoza
Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

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by Spinoza
Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

Googling Grice is like wikipediaing quantum mechanics. :| As for interpretations of Finnegans Wake... the fact is, his writing isn't the equivalent of a Rorschach test... he's not just uttering gibberish and hoping you construct your own pattern out of the chaos. He's got very specific things in min...
by Spinoza
Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

I read this passage and got lighning, gods, and the middle east. I can imagine this stuff is a lot better if you're on drugs. Or dying of syphilis. But he's not just stringing words and images together. There's no lightning, nor gods, in that passage. He's referring to the story of the Kabba, and t...
by Spinoza
Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

It reads like some sort of Eugène Ionesco-ish absurd stream of consciousness freeverse. In my mind, the object of writing is to convey ideas to another human, which that excerpt completely and utterly fails to do. Half the words are gibberish, and the others are so haltingly arranged that I have a ...
by Spinoza
Thu Mar 19, 2009 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

I can't believe how incredibly over my head this is... It's always been kind of a "policy" of mine that if writing is too difficult for an average member of the intended audience to decipher or understand, then that is a failing of the writing. So either this is aimed at an audience whose...
by Spinoza
Wed Mar 18, 2009 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Re: Finnegans Wake

I'm refusing to believe that you're for real here. This must be a hoax of some sort. I personally haven't attempted the book yet, as I failed to comprehend Gravity's Rainbow . Besides, don't you need to speak like 15 languages like Joyce in order to grasp the book and its up level puns? Also, you s...
by Spinoza
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 37
Views: 16143

Finnegans Wake

I searched the forums and there are fleeting mentions of it here and there, but nothing on the book itself (as it seems doubtful anyone has actually read the thing). So I thought I'd make my first thread here at XKCD epic; that is, obscure, hilarious, intellectual, and disturbing. Just like the webc...
by Spinoza
Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Anthem
Replies: 31
Views: 5760

Re: Anthem

I'm very undecided on Ayn Rand. I read the Fountainhead, and like it. The themes of individuality and integrity really resonated with me, and I agree with whoever said the thing about character development above. However, when I read Atlas Shrugged, I found that I didn't quite line up with the heav...
by Spinoza
Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1824
Views: 483513

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

Currently reading a bunch of books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Mariel of Redwall, Marlfox, Salamandastron, The Book of Bunny Suicides, and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. I read bunches. Ah!! I LOVE Brian Jacques' novels! I think they were my gateway to the historical fiction genre and the...
by Spinoza
Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 9169

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

Atlas Shrugged The "opposition" in the book is portrayed with no redeeming qualities whatsoever either. Usually, villains are at least smart or powerful. Rand just makes them whiners and grifters who have no soul. I actually hadn't thought of that until you brought it up, and it's true. T...
by Spinoza
Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cheap Ass-Books
Replies: 29
Views: 4454

Re: Cheap Ass-Books

Jorpho wrote:If you have something specific in mind, Abebooks.com is a better bet for used stuff.


Good call.

Also, hackettpublishing.com is good for scholarly type stuff. :wink:
by Spinoza
Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: fiction as a form of convseration
Replies: 18
Views: 3162

Re: fiction as a form of convseration

The majority of The Sorrows of Young Werther is presented as a collection of letters written by Werther, a young artist of highly sensitive and passionate temperament, and sent to his friend Wilhelm. In these letters, Werther gives a very intimate account of his stay in the fictional village of Wah...
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended reading about evolution?
Replies: 7
Views: 2582

Re: Recommended reading about evolution?

psyck0 wrote:I would say not to read Gould. He uses far too technical language. I have a pretty decent biology background and don't understand a lot of the terms he uses in Punctuated Equilibrium.


Gould is not easy, but he is worth it.
by Spinoza
Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: fiction as a form of convseration
Replies: 18
Views: 3162

Re: fiction as a form of convseration

Nope. In fact, the Economist had an article a few weeks ago about how reading among Americans is on the increase. Yes, but nearly all of that is Harry Potter. :wink: (I'm kidding of course, but only slightly). I'd love to see more emphasis on translations of great works of non-English literature in...
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommended reading about evolution?
Replies: 7
Views: 2582

Re: Recommended reading about evolution?

Darwin himself may be worth reading out of historical interest, but I'm guessing he wouldn't be a great starting point if you actually want to learn more about evolution. You wouldn't read Babbage to learn about computer science. Unfortunately, I don't have any specific recommendations, but there a...
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 19, 2009 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Something thats always confused me about "The 4th Dimension"
Replies: 35
Views: 3491

Re: Something thats always confused me about "The 4th Dimension"

If you ask any astrophysicist or semi-intellectual person what the fourth dimension is, they'll say that it's spacetime. But what has always confused me was the "geometrical" fourth dimension. What does this have to do with spacetime. In other words, which of these examples of "fourt...
by Spinoza
Sat Feb 14, 2009 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 311926

Re: What is your favourite book?

Fiction or non? Non-Fiction is easy... Spinoza's Ethics. Fiction... I'm not sure I have a favourite work of fiction... maybe The Picture of Dorian Gray, but there are so many great books... W.G. Sebald's The Emigrants, George Büchner's Lenz... are two that are favourites for me right now. :?
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that make you genuinely laugh
Replies: 107
Views: 18511

Re: Books that make you genuinely laugh

All of Dave Barry.

Dave on one of my favourite books:
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:mrgreen:
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 30070

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

Great book. Orwell's essays are even better, though. Try: Shooting an Elephant, and Books vs. Cigarettes.

Also, The Road to Wigan Pier is a stellar read if you like that sort of thing.
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you never finished
Replies: 280
Views: 170190

Re: Books you never finished

Rudyard Kipling - Kim
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 17185

Re: Writing a book

Step 1: If you suck, fix that; otherwise go on to step two. Step 2: Don't suck. It still amazes me as to the absolute lack of talent I come into contact with in my 500 level writing classes. If you're just writing cheap Eragon knock-offs (which I hope to hell don't exist) then you might as well not...
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 271393

Re: Recommend a book

"The Stranger" is a must read by me, just because the main character is so unfeeling that is amazing to hear about him. For this reason, I had a hard time enjoying this book. I believe it was Vonnegut who said "Every character should want something, even if it's only a glass of water...
by Spinoza
Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cheap Ass-Books
Replies: 29
Views: 4454

Re: Cheap Ass-Books

I bought the complete works of Oscar Wilde for $19 I think. Very worth it. Mine is hardcover but there is a paperback version (not the same one I got) here for $17: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works-Oscar-Wilde-Stories/dp/006096393X Hmm, there are tons of philosophical works you can buy for cheap...
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kierkegaard?
Replies: 16
Views: 4971

Re: Kierkegaard?

the_stabbage wrote:Kirkegård also means graveyard :D


Ah, yes, that makes more sense. :lol:

I was in one of those, but in Holland, a while back, at the Nieuwe Kerk in Den Haag, visiting my namesake. :mrgreen:
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 9169

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

By the by, The Davinci Code was a badly written knockoff of a cult-classic from the 1980s, "Holy Blood & The Holy Grail" by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh. The furore over that book was a lot bigger than over Dan Browne's fictional nonsense, because HB&THG was marketed (and writ...
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Kierkegaard?
Replies: 16
Views: 4971

Re: Kierkegaard?

Nope, but if Sophie's World is a brief history of philosophy it probably mentions Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard himself has been dead for about 150 years. ah. Well that explains my confusion then. Carry on. Søren Kierke gaard vs. Jostein Gaard er... I can see why you confused them. :wink: Btw. A "g...
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 09, 2009 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 9169

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

There is no beauty in the real world? Really? Ah, sorry, I'm new... I should explain myself. Of course there is "beauty" in the real world; insofar as we find things in the world beautiful. At the same time, to demand - in the general sense of the word, not to accuse eekmeep of "dema...
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 9169

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

eekmeep wrote:Couldn't stand "The Kite Runner."

I am okay with sadness and pain in books, but I like there to be a little bit of beauty and justice, too.


:shock: You must really hate the real world, then.
by Spinoza
Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Anthem
Replies: 31
Views: 5760

Re: Anthem

Ayn Rand is a strange literary figure. She is almost universally ignored and/or reviled by academic philosophy, not without good reasons, for the most part (namely, because her actual "philosophy" just isn't any good). From a literary standpoint, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are mil...
by Spinoza
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend
Replies: 73
Views: 9169

Re: Books you wouldn't recommend to a friend

Catcher in the Rye.

Not only is it badly written with poor character development and a trudging pace, it killed John Lennon. :arrow: :|
by Spinoza
Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Writing?
Replies: 95
Views: 17185

Re: Writing a book

Just write; and write; and write; and write.

Publishing will come. Writing is more important.
by Spinoza
Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 271393

Re: Recommend a book

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/ce/EverythingIsIlluminated.jpg/200px-EverythingIsIlluminated.jpg Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer A young American Jew, who shares a name with the author, journeys to Ukraine in search of Augustine, the woman who saved his grandfather...

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