Helga, I was pointed out to a new movie on St. Augustine's life. Thought of you and this blog entry immediately. Here's the trailer.
Seems a bit over dramatic than from his Confessions, but seems to be done well for a high brow movie.
I finished the entire Whitman Death Bed Leaves of Grass a month or so ago. I mentioned it and I think I had promised to write up my thoughts for someone, I think it was Fifth-Element. I'll have to do that in the next few weeks. What are they having you read in Stein? I could never get into her stuff and always felt a little guilty about it. Either I just don't get her work, or she's over rated.
A long long time ago "I walked in your Son's shoes" as they say. If you as a Mother show him real affection, and I can see that you do, everything's going to be allright...Have a nice weekend.
Hi, I liked the way you have described about son and his reading habits. It’s really nice to know that he is good at reading and he even try to read difficult books. Being a parent I can understand how it feels to listen to your son or daughter spelling out the names of dinosaurs and other difficult words. I agree with you, John Stuart Mill's autobiography is a good read even I finished reading it in two weeks. It’s very touching to know how you love your son and look after him. It’s really wonderful that your son has inculcated the habit of reading in such a young age.
I read Saint Augustine's Confessions earlier this year for the first time. I hadn't realized how philosophical a work it was. I really enjoyed the parts that weren't philosophical (the biographical) and was bored on the philosophy. All Quiet on the Western Front is a great work. I can't remember if I've read it once or twice but it's still on my re-read list.
Getting to be autumn in New York too. It's been a beautiful week here: cool evenings, warm days, chilly mornings, no humidity, sunny days.
That woman was horrible and I don't blame you for stop befriending her. But sixteen years is a long time; she may have changed. I wouldn't look to befriend her if I were you, but it might be interesting to see what she like now.
Rousseau was the ultimate outsider. Even within his Enlightenment crowd he didn't fit in.
I like your comments about Rousseau. Rousseau was a philosophical genius. In our discussions, we talked about the possibility of Rousseau having a greater degree of self-awareness than your average person. This emotional intelligence, if you will, did make him unique when compared to the average person. He was an exceptional person. On the other hand, he was totally incapable of functioning in any job as a young person. These flaws grounded him in struggling like everyone else. So I think that in some ways he was very ordinary and this is what gave him insight in his life as a philosopher. Don't quote me on this... just a few thoughts.
When I was in Norway, I ran into people I had just met several times, b/c the village is so small. I also live in a rural area and often run into people I don't want to see. It also causes me great anxiety. It's easier when I have the baby, b/c I can acted distracted with him.
Yikes. I don't think I would like much there. All Quiet on the Western Front is a fine novel. If This is Man I read a couple of years ago (US title, Survival at Auschwitz) and is also a good work. Just about every book there that I recognize is depressing. The ones I don't know sound too philosophical or polemical.
That's awesome Helga, I had no idea you could speak three languages. After traveling abroad, I have been thinking about trying to learn another language. I think the language that would make most sense is French, because I am so close to the Canadian border by Quebec. It's truly embarrassing to be an American abroad and speak no other language except English. I was told however, that it is better to just speak English rather than speak a second language poorly.
Yes English is actually my third language cause here on the ice we learn Danish from the age of 8 or 9 and English a year later.
I don't know what to do when I finish my B.A. maybe M.A...
So English is your second language? What are you going to do with your degree when you are done?
I loved reading Rousseau's Confessions. He is so endearing- there is actually a discussion thread on it on the forum if you feel like looking it up. It's my no means academic, but general reactions to the literature.
I hope you enjoy the books. I'd hate to have to read from a list like that.
50/50 I think, some of these books are long
Does that Reading-List make you feel blessed or cursed ?
I adored reading Captain Underpants to my sons. That picture! And he's the principal of a school, heh. Maybe I should get my principal a copy.
It's good to mix them up. Both books have so much to offer. Enjoy these lazy days. With the return to normalcy comes so much structure, a big yuck in my book.
I love Captain Underpants 'faster than a speeding waistband' and all the teachers' names 'Miss Anthrope' being my personal favourite. It's a good bit of fun.
Spring has now gone, and summer is upon us. But regardless of the season i'm always diving into a new book. Recently I've been getting into all the Jane Austen novels. My sister and I just rented the new version of S&S-Scents and Sensibility- we really enjoyed it!
I love that last sentence too! The thing is we don't realize how funny our lives truly are. If only we had that laughing machine behind us to put it all into perspective.
You hit the nail on the head with your last comment. You are, I think, also right, that who you are, and what you do matters more when you have an SO!
Why is that????? It's so wrong, but I have noticed that myself on numerous occasions.
Glad that you're still enjoying your summer and that your getting to read a lot.