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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:08 pm 
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I'm having a Russian themed quarter at school. Read some Pushkin (The Queen of Spades and The Stone Guest), Gogol (The Overcoat and The Nose). Reading War and Peace and Crime and Punishment, and eventually some stuff by Chekhov.



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Led for your Head wrote:
I'm having a Russian themed quarter at school. Read some Pushkin (The Queen of Spades and The Stone Guest), Gogol (The Overcoat and The Nose). Reading War and Peace and Crime and Punishment, and eventually some stuff by Chekhov.

im taking a russian lit course, too. but i think it's mostly earlier stuff, only up until around Pushkin. Have you read him yet?


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I'm reading Dracula right now, and enjoying it so far.


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gatz wrote:
Led for your Head wrote:
I'm having a Russian themed quarter at school. Read some Pushkin (The Queen of Spades and The Stone Guest), Gogol (The Overcoat and The Nose). Reading War and Peace and Crime and Punishment, and eventually some stuff by Chekhov.

im taking a russian lit course, too. but i think it's mostly earlier stuff, only up until around Pushkin. Have you read him yet?

Yup. But I'm taking two classes. One just for War and Peace and the rest of the stuff in the other.


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Led for your Head wrote:
gatz wrote:
Led for your Head wrote:
I'm having a Russian themed quarter at school. Read some Pushkin (The Queen of Spades and The Stone Guest), Gogol (The Overcoat and The Nose). Reading War and Peace and Crime and Punishment, and eventually some stuff by Chekhov.

im taking a russian lit course, too. but i think it's mostly earlier stuff, only up until around Pushkin. Have you read him yet?

Yup. But I'm taking two classes. One just for War and Peace and the rest of the stuff in the other.

Yeah it's weird because when i read some other russian works Pushkin was always brought up and treated as such an absolute giant, so i was excited to read him. I haven't read much, but yeah, he definitely has his thing going. What did you think of what you read of him?


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Just finished Cornel West's The American Evasion of Philosophy. Probably about a 7/10. Was really useful since I've been interested in the American pragmatist tradition for a while. This book explained a bunch of trends within it and looked at a bunch of its thinkers and really helped solidify for me what I can take from the tradition and what doesn't interest me as much. Very clearly written, too, though some of his stylistic tics annoyed me (like introducing every new thinker with a superlative statement of their importance).


I'm still reading Dreyfus on Heidegger, but since fall break is this weekend and it's a friend's book, I don't want to bring it home in case I forget it, so I'm bringing the following instead:

Ludwig Wittgenstein - On Certainty
Friedrich Nietzsche - Thus Spake Zarathustra


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the way zarathustra is written really intimidates me and my attention span

my roommate last year wanted to read it for a paper he was writing but never opened it until a day or two before it was due, thinking he could read a medium length book in no more than two days. i remember him opening it, scanning the first page, and yelling FUCK.


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gatz wrote:
Yeah it's weird because when i read some other russian works Pushkin was always brought up and treated as such an absolute giant, so i was excited to read him. I haven't read much, but yeah, he definitely has his thing going. What did you think of what you read of him?

Big fan actually. His title of the Russian Shakespeare isn't without merit.


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Pat C wrote:
the way zarathustra is written really intimidates me and my attention span

my roommate last year wanted to read it for a paper he was writing but never opened it until a day or two before it was due, thinking he could read a medium length book in no more than two days. i remember him opening it, scanning the first page, and yelling FUCK.

:lol:

Yeah, Nietzsche demands that you give him time.


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Currently I am reading Ken Kesey'a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. which is good.

Previously I was doing a LOTR marathon. That was of course very good. And Twain's Tom Sawyer, which is also always a fun read.

Next on the agenda, I might re-read Pride and Prejudice or I might read Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage.


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Just got given the Hunger Games and some Terry Pratchett to feast on as a break from Ellis and Kafka.


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Finlandia wrote:
Currently I am reading Ken Kesey'a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. which is good.

Previously I was doing a LOTR marathon. That was of course very good. And Twain's Tom Sawyer, which is also always a fun read.

Next on the agenda, I might re-read Pride and Prejudice or I might read Zane Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage.


man i really don't like that book. granted, i was in 8th grade when i read it, so things may be different now


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Finished White Oleander-Janet Fitch


9/10


Phenomenal throughout, but that ending was sooo sub-par. Still, definitely a favorite novel of mine now.


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