I got my daughter a Trivial Pursuit page-a-day calender I found on sale. She’s been enjoying it. Then we got to today’s entry:
I’ve never done one of Jen Fulwiler’s 7 Quick Takes before, but I see that Leah Libresco has turned Darwin Catholic’s Immediate Book Meme (and BTW, Darwins, your pizza recipe CHANGED OUR ENTIRE LIVES!) into a quick take thingie, and I know an idea worth stealing when I read one, so…
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What book are you reading now?
As always, I’m reading a few at a time:
The History of the Catholic Church (James Hitchcock) as a quick review for upcoming comps for my masters. A good one volume overview.
Strange Histories: The Trial of the Pig, the Walking Dead, and Other Matters of Fact from the Medieval and Renaissance Worlds (Darren Oldridge) is a fascinating attempt to understand the medieval mind as it encountered the world, without condescending or assuming people were ignorant because they hold views many no longer accept. Beware of the Kindle version, which is missing text.
Old Testament Pseudepigrapha: More Noncanonical Scriptures (by various hands) is a suppliment to the landmark collections by James Charlesworth, and includes more Jewish and Christian texts.
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What book did you finish last?
Pickwick Papers (Dickens) was a treat to myself after finishing all my classes in December.
Eifelheim (Mike Flynn). I took a break from Pickwick after Sean Dailey and Mark Shea badgered me to read Mike Flynn. An absolutely wonderful novel about aliens encountering a medieval village during the plague years. The way he completely understands the working of the medieval mind is astonishing.
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What do you plan to read next?
Church History, Volume One: From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in Its Cultural, Intellectual, and Political Context (Everett Furgeson ) is more comp review.
Dombey & Sons (Dickens). Because Dickens.
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What book do you keep meaning to finish?
The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way are wonderful works of Eastern Christian spituality, but I stopped midway and haven’t gotten back to them yet. Try the sample and you’ll be impressed.
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What book do you keep meaning to start?
Don Quixote (Cervantes). I’ve never read it, and consider it a gap in my education. I picked up a new translation on Kindle, but I keep putting it off.
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What is your current reading trend?
Theology, history, 19th century literature.
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Bonus question to bring it up to 7: What is the most important book you’ve ever read?
I took this week off from the App o’ so I could focus on putting the June issue of my magazine to bed. When the App returns next week, it’s going to be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. There just doesn’t seem to be the interest in it to maintain a daily feature covering any old thing, so I’ll make it more focused and spread them out a bit.
The folks playing music in the corner might conceivably be using an app called “The Craic” on their iPhones or iPads. The Craic is similar to ForScore in that it displays sheet music, but it’s a very different app.
Because screw it we’re putting the Everclear straight in the whipped cream!
I love the future.
Update: I see some were already leaning on the PANIC!!!!1! button with this one, just as they did with Four Loko, which us old folks just call Irish Coffee.
OH EM GEE college students is getting drunk on it because it’s sweet and they don’t feel the buzz! Because sweetness and alcohol have never been combined before!
Hey, I can relate. Here’s a Short Story With An Edifying Lesson for you:
In high school I had a mess of sloe gin fizzes one night out with friends, ’cause they go down easy and fast.
I got sick.
I didn’t drink sloe gin fizzes again.