There are few things in life better then sitting down in a comfy chair with an exceptional cup of coffee and a book you are excited about reading. I was wondering what any of you are reading or books you have read that afterward you couldn't stop talking or thinking about. I have a profound weakness for J.D. Salingers' Glass Family the enjoyment and interplay of his world is fascinating. I also love everything written by Richard Brautigan, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Aldous Huxley and Jorge Luis Borges. Hopefully we can talk more in depth about specific books but I figured this to be a good start.
I actually just recently started Being and Time. I've had it for about 6 months, but have been busy reading other things... like The Unseen Hand by A. Ralph Epperson, and various Philosophy essays.
How did you like it? It's a long read, I realize, but did it give much insight? It was recommended to me after I told a professor about a concept I had for the ontology of physical existence. He said, "It reminds me of Heidegger." So, yeah.. I feel like I should read it.
Generally, I prefer non-fiction and philosophy. I don't usually go for Fiction much, and the last fiction book I read was Wicked.. and it was a good story, but terribly written.
Interesting discussion, this. I am a very eclectic reader, from fluff to fastidious. I can tell, though, my choices of late far pale to most of your philosophical and sociological fare.
I just finished The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by AJ Jacobs. Jacobs is rather wry and ironic in exploring religion and faith. I definitely learned a lot about the Jewish faith and about the laws I never even realized were in the Bible. I enjoyed his first book as well, The Know-It-All: One Man's Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World ; Jacobs read the Encyclopedia Britannica from beginning to end, weaving his true life anecdotes into the sometimes bizarre entries in the encyclopedia.
I am currently reading Sins of the Fathers by Patricia Sprinkle, a mystery weaving together the racial and societal mores of the South with genealogical research. It's a nice easy read, easy to balance on one knee with my cup of KG coffee on the other! I really liked Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth as well; it is a mystery/legal story dealing with Amish life and societal pressures.
I plan to read Beowulf after I finish this mystery. (I majored in lit & creative writing, so I actually learned to read it in the Old English.) I hear the movie does not even begin to do it justice, but at least it piqued the interest in an old favorite of mine. You know what they say, "Never Judge a Book by Its Movie." I will probably be inspired to hit The Canterbury Tales again....
Mostly "stuff". I haven't integrated the differentiation between the physical self and the "Atman" just yet. The whole project has been put on hold in light of the need for a substantial amount of additional research before I can begin to tie it all together.
I am reading "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning again. It's such a profound book, and reminds me that even in the midst of being a turd, I still have value and purpose in life. It's not a book for people who think they have it all together.....
Just finished "The Devils' Cup" by Stewart Lee Allen. Entertaining book on the history of coffee. Now I'm on to "Poor Folk" by Dostoyevsky. I like to pretend I'm smart sometimes. Next up is "The Man Who Was Thursday" by G.K. Chesteron. I've only heard good things about it. I'd say I'm pretty eclectic, I read from Star Wars to Victor Hugo.
"The Devil's Cup" was certainly entertaining, though I thought it more of an opinion piece with historical cultural context. Almost a philosophy of the culture of coffee more than about coffee itself. It was an enjoyable read.
not really reading ... more like drooling over CAFE EUROPA 1989 - COOKBOOK .
"a book about Cafe Europa 1989 - the cafe next to Copenhagen's Stork Fountain. The cafe has won three world barista championships. Experience our refreshing cold drinks, our salads and our tastiest desserts. Read more about our deep respect for the cafe classics and about our wish always to give out best. The book contains more than 60 recipes for dishes and drinks from Cafe Europa 1989. The recipes make it easy to serve quality food and coffees in your home".
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