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07:51 AM on 07/25/09
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Good. That's the way it should be.
04:19 PM on 07/24/09
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He likes Ayn Rand. Consider his opinions about books ignored.
04:16 PM on 07/24/09
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Don't listen to your friend Shane about The Lone Ranger And Tonto... He's a retard. Sorry.
12:01 AM on 06/05/09
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Remember before we were friends on this site? and we discovered each other in some wayward kid's poetry thread as fellow lit majors? How awesome was that?
08:30 AM on 05/26/09
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We'll have to agree to disagree, then.

I love Dylan so much.

Seriously, though, go read the lyrics to "Desolation Row" if you haven't. So awesome. Plus there's the name-checking of Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot that makes me giggle like a three-year-old every time.
08:25 AM on 05/26/09
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No no, I didn't mean to say that I wasn't a Dylan fan. I like Dylan. I appreciate Dylan. I just don't listen to Dylan that much. Personally, I usually pass on listening to Dylan in favor of Bruce.
09:02 PM on 05/25/09
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You're not a Dylan fan?!

Listen to "Desolation Row" while reading the lyrics (which you can find on Dylan's website) and then tell me you aren't a Dylan fan.
04:21 PM on 05/24/09
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An opera, huh? That's incredibly ambitious, and I wish you the best of luck. I would not be able to do that.

Those are some solid reading materials, especially the poetry collections. As far as recs for pops, I'd recommend Stanley Kunitz. "The Layers" is one of my favorite biblically allusive poems.

As far as my own reading goes, I'm going to give "On The Road" a final whack first. I've got some Hemingway, Ellison, Chabon, and Silko lined up. If I can, I'm going to try and squeeze "Dreaming in Cuban" in, since many of my friends highly recommend it. I also have a couple scientific non-fiction works lined up, including Walden II, The Mind of God (mathematically-based theological discussions on the existence of God in a Western sense), Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers (a book on the effects of stress), and possibly re-reading Musicophilia (Oliver Sacks' clinical stories of people with various mental disabilities and the way it affects musicality. This one I highly recommend).
03:27 PM on 05/21/09
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Awesome! I'll check it out. I'm currently reading "The Dynamics Of Faith" by Tillich--which is dense but fascinating--and at some point on my dad's recommendation will be reading the Bible in its entirety after reading a book by Marcus Borg (the title escapes me at the present moment) about reading the Bible appropriately. In addition to all that, I'm reading Stephen Christian's book (the singer from Anberlin), which is easy to read and interesting, if only because I like his band. I'm also working with my friend, a music major, on an opera. I'm writing the libretto. I might post stuff from it, though the extensive bits are mostly dramatic monologues from different characters' viewpoints (it's an opera about faith, interestingly).

To top all THAT off...

I'm reading simultaneously William Carlos Williams' Collected Poems, The Complete Poems of Hart Crane, and The Collected Prose and Poetry of Robert Frost. I'm also teaching my dad about poetry (and in return he is teaching me about theology), which means any suggestions you may have could prove beneficial to building his poetic foundation.

So...what does your summer reading list look like? Haha.
12:48 PM on 05/21/09
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Finally back from out of town, and I have to recommend a book to you: "The Varieties of Scientific Experience" by Carl Sagan. I've always loved Sagan for his astronomical insight, but he makes very compelling and well-formed arguments in his search for God as he sees it. I think you'd very much like it, and it's a very easy, though intelligent, read.

I'll be hitting the forum in the next couple of days.
09:44 AM on 05/15/09
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I never saw your last wall comment. BT is the name of an electronic artist. Most of his body of work is club music, which is not my cup of tea. I have him up there though because he wrote one of the most perfect albums I've ever heard in my life. It's called "This Binary Universe." The easiest way to describe it would be to call it electronic ambient/instrumental music, but I often think about it as the first true album of 21st century Classical, because each song has that much consumate skill put into it.

Here's a youtube vid of my favorite song from the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt_tjQSdl30
Also, here's the wikipedia page for the album, which offers a good deal of information on how involved and complex the album is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Binary_Universe

Btw, I'm working on a revision of Columbusing. Hopefully I'll post it before the weekend's over.
08:01 AM on 05/08/09
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Commented on Columbusing. Great poem, sir. Also, I posted something new as well. If you get a chance, your feedback would be wonderful.

I was looking at your favorite bands--BT? Is that Bleeding Through?
12:25 PM on 05/03/09
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Yeah, I'm glad that DL didn't focus on Tibet. It would have been too much of a downer. I'm also glad the crowd was one who was genuinely interested in him (it was at Patriot's stadium, so you had to pay to go).

I don't like the current pope at all, but I do have a great deal of respect for John Paul II. Benedict was a step in the wrong direction for Catholicism as a whole.
08:59 AM on 05/03/09
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I saw the DL last year in October. He spoke on Capitol Hill, so my friends and I headed over for his speech. It was, basically, a similar thing, though more focused on Tibet than anything else at the time. It was interesting (and a bit sad) that a lot of people there were your stereotypical sandals-and-plaid-shorts-wearing college kids there to "catch the Dalai Lama, bro!" because...well, because they could. And they didn't seem to enjoy the spirituality of it. It was all about being able to say they saw the DL in person. That disgusted me. I find the DL to be my favorite of the religious leaders, though. My least favorite is probably the pope, if only because he's a flagrant dunderhead who seems content to completely eviscerate and destroy the AIDS ridden populace of Africa so he can get his precious no contraceptive agenda across. God, I hate that.

Sorry. Bit of a tangent.
08:44 AM on 05/03/09
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Haha fair enough.

I did see your comment, and I'm glad you liked it. I felt fairly long winded and boring afterward, but it was impossible to avoid the subject. The man was just that good.

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