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    01-21-2018, 02:48 PM
    Elmet is a novel in search of a protagonist. It ought to be a man named John who has little dialogue and whose name is only used a handful of times....
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    01-21-2018, 02:34 PM
    I believe at some point I read his comments at this event. Since his daughter was little, it was easy for infectious agents to destroy her; and he...
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    01-19-2018, 04:34 PM
    Even "survival of the fittest" was Huxley's. Darwin may have seen natural selection in those terms (it's debatable), but I don't think he ever...
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    01-17-2018, 05:13 PM
    I think it was more a snapshot of how an educated person might have looked at life and the cosmos in 1968. As you imply, physics has moved in less...
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    01-15-2018, 05:35 PM
    Somehow that universe seems less violent than the one we're stuck in. That's strange when you consider how violent life on earth is in that movie....
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    01-14-2018, 05:28 PM
    Yes, he represents the universe as a forbidding but ultimately harmonious place. Is this a deism on Kubrick's part intruding on Clarke's atheism? I...
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    01-12-2018, 08:26 PM
    Here is my take on the Blue Danube scene: I think it's largely ironic. We have just seen primal humanity master its fate by mastering the tool (to...
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    01-11-2018, 08:26 PM
    Well, Kubrick is to be commended for trying, even if his materialism dooms his efforts to go any further. The truth is that theology and art...
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    01-10-2018, 08:42 PM
    I think Clarke and Kubrick are trying find the point where myth and magic (which is how they see religion) become science and technology. To my way...
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    01-09-2018, 06:13 PM
    Yes, although you could argue that Kubrick's Alex does not possess total freedom if he is not free from his own compulsion to violence. This is what...
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    01-09-2018, 09:10 AM
    Pompey Bum replied to a thread Thomas' Gospel. in Religious Texts
    Yes, "in flesh" is quite a concession from the Thomas community. It's a reason, I suppose, to regard its members as not quite radical gnostics but...
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    01-09-2018, 08:50 AM
    Pompey Bum replied to a thread Thomas' Gospel. in Religious Texts
    Yes, a belated merry Christmas and happy new year. We'll take a cup o' kindness yet. :) On the surface this is just more Thomas asceticism....
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    01-08-2018, 09:05 PM
    I'm sympathetic with Burgess, but on the other hand, between the publisher and Kubrick, Burgess died well off (there are worse things than an...
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    01-06-2018, 11:59 AM
    I agree there is irony in Schneider's final diagnosis. In no way is The Idiot an abandonment of faith--just a courageous reckoning with doubt. I...
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    01-05-2018, 08:05 PM
    Personal ideas from authors are what we want (or what I want as a reader in any case). But the question of whether Kubrick's version was a fable is...
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    01-05-2018, 02:19 PM
    Happy New Year to you, Gladys, and merry Christmas. I think we are rapidly approaching the agree to disagree point on this subject. This has been an...
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    01-05-2018, 02:18 PM
    I suppose. Otherwise I find O'Neil an unusual choice. He plays Redmond Barry as something of a blank slate (a young boy from an provincial Irish...
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    01-04-2018, 07:54 PM
    Barry Lyndon is my favorite Kubrick film. I'm even a fan of its pre-ms pac man pacing, which, more to the point, tries to reproduce the pace of life...
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  • Pompey Bum's Avatar
    01-04-2018, 06:36 PM
    Merry Christmas, Ecurb! Nice to see you are still rambling with us. :)
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    01-04-2018, 06:33 PM
    We are misunderstanding one another to some extent, but perhaps that can help since it sounds like Kubrick and Burgess were doing the same thing. I...
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    01-03-2018, 05:48 PM
    Well, it's nice to be called an optimist for a change. I am not a very optimistic person. Theologically speaking I have what is called a low...
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    01-02-2018, 08:29 PM
    I prefer Burgess' Alex to Kubrick's, but I recognize that I am in the minority in that opinion. Kubrick's Alex is more shocking (and the director's...
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    01-01-2018, 08:14 PM
    Happy new year! I finished reading The Possessed over the holidays (or rather rereading it after 30 years). I agree with you that too much goes on at...
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    12-24-2017, 03:43 PM
    First of all, feliz Natal (and merry Christmas to all reading this). Second, I apologize for my IPad: it sometimes deletes words for no reason. It...
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