Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. I enjoyed it immensely; it was quite a page turner. I decided to finally read it because I had been listening to some cassettes Mr. Egan lent me about Harry Potter and the New Age movement which both referenced this book. The next book in line for me to read (i.e. after I finish the school list) is An Exorcist Tells His Story. I highly recommend The Screwtape Letters to everyone. They are not especially disturbing only enlightening. I came away with a better understanding of temptation and how to recognize and avoid it.
Dubliners by James Joyce. Although I find Joyce's philosophy erroneous and his themes concentrated too much on the fallen nature of man rather than the power of redemption, I laud his style of writing which is almost like reading poetry. This book was an interesting collection of glimpses into the lives of various Irishmen. I have read one other book by James Joyce, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man. It started out very interestingly and I enjoyed it but then the main character spiralled downwards into the vice of lust, and there was no resolution to the story. So although the style of writing was captivating, the story was a disappointment. I wouldn't particularly recommend this book other than for reasons of discussion and debate.
Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It is a required book to read over the summer for my Classical Civilization Class. I'm on page 100 out of 579 pages. It is set in the time of Nero and follows the story of Ligia, a young Christian. The story is very captivating and the book is hard to put down each time I read it. I highly recommend this book.
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
This song is one of the most powerful I have ever heard. You can sense the petition and devotion in the meaning. I have worked on learning it on the piano but I believe it sounds best as a piano-violin duet.
Monday, April 12, 2010
trahuntque siccas machinae carinas.
ac neque iam stabulis gaudet pecus aut arator igni;
nec prata canis albicant pruinis.
iam Cytherea choros ducit Venus imminente luna,
iunctaeque Nymphis Gratiae decentes
alterno terram quatiunt pede, dum gravis Cyclopum
Vulcanus ardens urit officinas.
aut flore, terrae quem ferunt solutae.
nunc et in umbrosis Fauno decet immolare lucis,
seu poscat agna sive malit haedo.
pallida Mors aequo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas
regnumque turris. o beate Sesti,
vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam;
iam te premet nox fabulaeque Manes
et domus exilis Plutonia; quo simul mearis,
nec regna vini sortiere talis
nec tenerum Lycidan mirabere, quo calet iuventus
nunc omnis et mox virgines tepebunt.
and the towers of kinks. O fotunate Sestius,
Saturday, April 10, 2010
I finished reading this book a little while ago and it was very addicting yet sick at the same time. I found the author's (Susanne Collins) writing style to bit a bit frustrating because her sentances are short and misconstrued. However, the story itself has a lot of meaning compared to other modern best-sellers. I recommend this book as a quick, fun read which gives some opening to discussion.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
I normally do not waste my money on Starbuck's coffee but they have a weekly bold brew and if you get one of each for eight weeks then you get a free pound of bold coffee of your choice. Yeah it's still a rip off but I like bold coffee.
So far my two favorite bold blends are Yukon and Italian Roast.
Monday, March 29, 2010
"Ars Gratia Artis" is a Latin phrase meaning "Art for the sake of art." Art is enjoyable and I find it a salubrious way to relax my mind and ultimately help me concentrate on other things, such as homework, more easily. Today I was just randomly searching the internet and found the artist, Kim Kincaid. She is interesting because she is both a superb artist and a modern book reader. She sketches a wide variety of subjects but is especially proficient at rendering the human complexion.