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About meI'm something like a geologist/geophysicists and was thirty before I discovered Dostoyevsky, John Graves, poetry and much other good literature. I think my deepest interest is in literature about place, especially if there is a geological tilt. But I like a large spectrum of book types, although what I like the most seems to change frequently.

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Currently readingStorm the Gates of Jericho by Abraham L. Feinberg
Sayings of the Fathers, or, Pirke Aboth by Joseph H. Hertz
How to Read the Bible : A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now by James L. Kugel
The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter
Surpassing wonder : the invention of the Bible and the Talmuds by Donald H. Akenson
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Yes, January. I am down. I am ready.
Hi Dan! Ready when you are, January is fine by me.

I have to confess though, I already read Judith and Tolbit. Here's the thread I started about them:
Thanks for the invite. I always enjoy your posts.
Here is the review I just posted:

Its book jacket calls "Ti-Coyo and His Shark" an immoral fable for sophisticated people.It has been on my bookshelf for many years, surviving culling as we've moved. I remember a 1940ish conversation with a friend who roundly denounced it (and me for praising it!)I reread it after watching "Life of Pi,"and was as pleased with it as I had been long ago.

Ti-Coyo is the brave and resourceful son of disadvantaged parents.His relationship with the shark is unusual but convincing. What they accomplish may or not be ethical but it is epic, and I stand by my original appreciation of it.
Hi Dan, I moved you from my private watch list to interesting libraries... - L (just to let you know that I've been watching you all along...!)
It'll still be there when you're ready!
Just curious - have you read the last Wheel of Time book yet? How was it?
Well I'm in the mood to just start now. I think it is going to be a polarising force with me...either one way or the other. The OT was neither to me which was the problem with engagement, and I suspect. I will actively dislike the NT...

I need to get Martin Ling's life of the Prophet to read alongside it, but otherwise I can start now...!
Dan, are you looking to read the Qu'ran anytime soon?

I know I failed miserably with the OT, I couldn't maintain any semblance of interest in it...not literal enough or mystical enough for me in those early stages. I've just bought the Qu'ran and it seems much more to my liking.

I am guessing you will need a 12 month break before another mammoth project of this nature?

Thank you.

Loved your review of A Team of Rivals!
See you around,
Fantastic review of the Max biography. Really really good.
Absolutely. Thanks for letting me peek over your shoulder at what you are reading! ;)
Ah Dan -- where to start? Of course read more Morrison -- I especially recommend Jazz (listen to Morrison read it if you can) and The Song of Solomon, but you can't lose with any of the.

If you can get to JStor, there's tons of criticism there, if not Luminarium's Beloved page has links to many articles, many published in academic journals:

An NPR interview:

Jane Smiley in the Guardian on Beloved:

Margaret Atwood's review in the NYTBR:

and the Nobel Prize:

That should get you started ;-]
No problem! Thanks for checking.

Happy New Year, 2013!(It was nice to "meet you" here on LT in 2012.)
Thanks for the Club Read 2013 invite Daniel! I'll see you around...
Thanks, dan, for the invitation. See you at our usual place!
Hi Daniel,

Just wanted to say I enjoyed your review of Alter's commentary on Samuel I & II. It's reminded me that it's been on the wishlist for a while and to keep an eye for it when I'm browsing the bookstores!

All the best,

Thanks for telling me about the group read. I have the ebook on my Nook; I may well dip in soon. We are so lucky to have gwernin right on site.

The Peloponnesian war is fascinating, but very slow reading. Thucydides has a lot of detail, and the fine new edition I am reading expands everywhere. It's a great edition - I recommend it highly - but I've been working through it for about a year, and I often branch out to modern historians who have their own comments.
Thanks for the heads-up on the group read, if I'm not too far behind when I get my copy I'll give it a look.

(Yes, Empires of the Word is very interesting. I haven't gotten to the part about Celtic languages yet, though.)
Thanks - many of my books are not catalogued yet: "inbox" is the first stage for bulk imports the goal is then to twaek and move them to their final collections, but it rarely happens. I have had strata for many years, and read it several times
That's funny! I hope the last one is good. The series definitely improved toward the end!
The list of books that you should borrow is quite amusing to me. Although I am enjoying the Robert Jordan series, I would never recommend anyone read it unless they've tons of time and lots of patience. It's great at the beginning but gets bogged down quickly. Sadly, the author died before he could finish the series! I'm having fun looking at your library. Cheers!
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