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Silence

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url 2019-12-13 12:58
The First Ever Published Book by High Priestess 2400 BC
Ama Dios: 9 AoL Consciousness Books Combined - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Sumerian Temple Hymns

The First Ever Published Book by High Priestess 2400 BCArtEducationSymbols and SignsSpiritualityRelationshipsMindfulnessPower of MindMantrasconsciousness

 

High Priestess Enheduanna and the Kesh Temple Liturgy

Following Humanity's fight for  by Nataša Pantović

Holy water and the sacred word, that is all you need. Said a gypsy witch with a snake around her neck.

rod-of-asclepius snake around a rod

Maria's tears they are, from the grave of Jesus. Not an item easy to find. Not a request easy to settle. A magic key of ever lasting happiness... Mystical Christianity Alpha and Omega

I'll get you the bottle of tears but for the words, you got to speak with a wizard, a male, not from the Egyptian gypsies, a Bedouin from the desert, the worshipper of Nuit, an Arab, perhaps a sailor with own boat, a

Sufi Dancing

 Sufi follower, or to a wondering barefoot priest from Syria, a hermit from the Sinai mountain, Sha Ra where MoShe saw the burning bush. That is a bit more difficult for they talk not to women.

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review 2019-12-13 00:05
English Lit Relit: A Short History of English Literature from the Precursors (Before Swearing) to the Pre-Raphaelites and a Little After - Richard Armour
English Lit Relit: A Short History of En... English Lit Relit: A Short History of English Literature from the Precursors (Before Swearing) to the Pre-Raphaelites and a Little After - Richard Armour

That's better. That's Armour at the top of his game.

 

Not to oversell him. He's mildly amusing in his snarky survey of English lit. But there's also a whiff of the old uncle who's humor is rather old-fashioned, but he's always been nice and pleasant and it's easy to just let him ramble on.

 

So I'm enjoying my Armour binge but am probably not going to request all the other ones. It is good to have them lurking there in the back of my mind, waiting for another low-stress reading bout. Probably though I will limit myself to literature and academia in the future. That's where he's best.

 

You know what these books are like? It just occurred to me: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. It's the art: buxom young women in quaint attire and it's definitely old-fashioned, but not too offensive.

 

Praising with faint damns.

 

Library copy.

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review 2019-12-12 19:08
Review: A Christmas Cornucopia
A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions - Mark Forsyth

It only took me forever to finish this. Not because it was bad but because I put it down and forgot about it.

 

This was filled with humor, obscure facts and some interesting history.  Not a bad read at all.  

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review 2019-12-11 23:47
It all started with Marx;: A brief and objective history of Russian communism, the objective being to leave not one stone, but many, unturned, to ... Stalin, Malenkov, Khrushchev, and others - Richard Willard Armour
It all started with Marx;: A brief and o... It all started with Marx;: A brief and objective history of Russian communism, the objective being to leave not one stone, but many, unturned, to ... Stalin, Malenkov, Khrushchev, and others - Richard Willard Armour

I finished this one and it took forever because I didn't like it. And then I more or less immediately started English Lit Relit. It could have been a bad choice: if I was just tired of Armour's sameness, then another would have been an awful idea.

But I'm really enjoying English Lit. Yeah, my degree is in English lit, so I know more about the topic, which probably helps some. That isn't the big difference though. The big difference, in my considered and re-considerd opinion, is that Armour doesn't know as much about communism and/or Russian history.

In Marx the jokes rarely rise above "he was short". So, not quality humor.That's both terribly obvious and not actually amusing.

English Lit, though, that's his specialty. So the jokes are more clever, more subtle, and for that matter, probably better auditioned and rehearsed. It's easy to imagine Armour the Professor lecturing on early English poets. You're plowing through a thousand years of literature in a semester, your text is a fat, heavy Norton Anthology printed on tissue paper to fit in as many pages a possible. Some of it is familiar, or stirring, or new to you, but much of it is just a tedious droning on and on about the same tired symbolism and such. You maybe get something three things that stopped being amusing a couple of centuries back, and once in the whole class if you're lucky there's something that really amuses you. In that setting a lighthearted lecture, or a throw-away line, can really wake you back up.

 

So, that was an interesting thing to realize.

 

Library copy

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