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    Re-reading Lord of the Rings. I like to every five years.
    Slacker. reads it EVERY year.
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    X-Men and Philosophy by Rebecca Housel, ed.

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    I'm currently working through A Book of Dreams by Peter Reich about his father, the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, who, while working with Freud, was a very prominent and influential analyst, but over time got crazier and crazier, moving into studies on the healing properties of sex, coining and investigating the properties of a pseudoscience mystical biological energy he called "orgones" (from orgasm). These orgones are, as far as I can tell, supposed to be all around us, not just associated with sex, and to to help him study them, Wilhelm invented all sorts of peculiar instruments, like a box called an orgone accumulator, which is supposed to restore a persons natural orgones, and something called a "cloud buster" which was supposed to be used to unblock orgones in the atmosphere and when aimed at clouds make it rain (or when aimed into space, allow visiting aliens know we were here). Eventually the FDA got involved when Wilhelm would not stop selling and promoting his pseudoscience garbage, and eventually he was thrown in jail, where he predicted that he'd die, and where he did die of a heart attack.

    The book is written from his son's point of view, who looked up to his father as a bit of a sage (and he was a bit of a cult leader in a sense), but you also get glimpses into his confusion as he gets older. The book combines both dream language and reality and can be kind of hard to read, but apparently Kate Bush found an copy of it at a bookstore (it came out in 73), and she was so moved by it that she wrote a song about it called Cloudbusting. The video for the song was conceived by Terry Gilliam (though someone else directed), and she plays Peter in the video while Donald Sutherland plays Peter's father Wilhelm Reich. It's a great video, and one of my favorite songs, and I've been strangely drawn to what an enigmatic madman Reich was for awhile now. I think a film about his life would be pretty trippy. Here's the video:

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    Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle's Vision for Men and Women in Christ by Cynthia Westfall.

    Challenging read, even (especially?) for those familiar with the egalitarian / patriarchalist (complementarian) debate. Takes a different approach. Rather than focusing on just the individual passages and what they do or do not demand of women, she seeks to construct a complete Pauline theology of gender.

    I was interested to observe that both of "the two Craigs" -- NT scholars Keener (egalitarian) and Blomberg (complementarian) endorsed it.
    Geislerminian Antinomian Kenotic Charispneumaticostal Gender Mutualist-Egalitarian.

    Beige Nationalist.

    "Everybody is somebody's heretic."

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    China Rich Girlfriend. I already finished Crazy Rich Asians.
    I am become death...

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    Opium by Martin Booth. A historical survey of, well, opium.

    Of interest for TWeb may be the ambiguous view some missionaries took of the opium trade in their attempts to make headway into China in the 18th century.
    "I am not angered that the Moral Majority boys campaign against abortion. I am angry when the same men who say, "Save OUR children" bellow "Build more and bigger bombers." That's right! Blast the children in other nations into eternity, or limbless misery as they lay crippled from "OUR" bombers! This does not jell." - Leonard Ravenhill

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    The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer by Joseph Jungmann, S.J.

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    For Thou Art With Me by Bruce Baker
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    This page.... Okay, okay, so I need to start in on my pile...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    This page.... Okay, okay, so I need to start in on my pile...
    I just recently finished the project of transferring my pile to bookshelves. It took 3 1/2 full height bookshelves from Wally World to fit it all. And I suddenly have less time to read than I used to.
    Enter the Church and wash away your sins. For here there is a hospital and not a court of law. Do not be ashamed to enter the Church; be ashamed when you sin, but not when you repent. St. John Chrysostom

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