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text 2017-09-17 18:55
Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby

Our difficulty in believing the—for want of a better word—political inspiration of the Devil is due in great part to the fact that he is called up and damned not only by our social antagonists but by our own side, whatever it may be. The Catholic Church, through its Inquisition, is famous for cultivating Lucifer as the arch-fiend, but the Church’s enemies relied no less upon the Old Boy to keep the human mind enthralled. Luther was himself accused of alliance with Hell, and he in turn accused his enemies. To complicate matters further, he believed that he had had contact with the Devil and had argued theology with him.

 

That last bit was funny if cynical. What is building to, what follows


In the countries of the Communist ideology, all resistance of any import is linked to the totally malign capitalist succubi, and in America any man who is not reactionary in his views is open to the charge of alliance with the Red hell. Political opposition, thereby, is given an inhumane overlay which then justifies the abrogation of all normally applied customs of civilized intercourse. A political policy is equated with moral right, and opposition to it with diabolical malevolence. Once such an equation is effectively made, society becomes a congerie of plots and counterplots, and the main role of government changes from that of the arbiter to that of the scourge of God.

 

is to be taken dead serious.

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text 2017-09-17 18:17
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 143 pages.
The Crucible - Arthur Miller,Christopher Bigsby

This is just starting, and the ugly is already showing loud and clear.

 

 

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text 2017-07-21 20:53
Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 248 pages.
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne, Brian W. Aldiss,Michael Glencross

I'm having so much fun! Passepartout is a very resourceful guy, lol. I never thought it could happen, but this one might kick down 20.000 from it's first place as my favorite Verne

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text 2017-07-13 11:51
Reading progress update: I've read 838 out of 838 pages.
Anna Karenina - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy

Done!

 

I'm exhausted. I'll roll, post, and take a nap. Then I'll see whether I dare to coble a review from the multitude of post and notes I have.

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text 2017-07-13 10:17
Reading progress update: I've read 780 out of 838 pages.
Anna Karenina - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy

Onto the final stretch, and wow is Anna around the bend.

 

Her though process has always been flighty, and annoyed me with it's weak tendency towards full denial and looping, but it's turned scary now, like a cornered, wounded wolf is scary, all teeth and desperation.

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