Tag: books

Basics, Culture

How to read: Ask is it true?

[I originally wrote this in 2015. It seems especially relevant now.] In the Screwtape Letters, the delightfully evil demon said this to his student: Only the learned read old books and we have now so dealt with the learned that they are of all men the least likely to acquire wisdom by doing so. We have done this by inculcating the Historical Point of View. The Historical Point of View, put briefly, means …

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Thoughts on completing plus sized reading lists

TLDR: Here are the five steps to help you read more: Make a list Schedule time to read Shorten it by reading books or taking off pointless/boring books. Don’t read too many things at once. Leisure reading is no substitute for religious reading if you’re religious. Overly Personal Introduction Many of us have too many …

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The Devil and Pierre Gernet

I just read the short story The Devil and Pierre Gernet by David Bentley Hart. I’m not sure that a short story has ever left me wanting to sit and talk to its author the way this one has. I’ll post a review soon. Initial thoughts: The book seems pretentious due to the vocabulary, but …

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Books of 2013

In 2013 I read, what felt like, less than ever. Nevertheless, here’s what I came up with when formulating a list. I wrote the list ether adding books right after I finished them or while cataloging the books in our study and realizing which ones I had read this year. I’ll briefly comment on anything …