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Old 03.18.2019, 09:00 AM   #5481
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i started reading that book once because harold bloom once called it the best novel ever or something

itís supposed to be a great gnostic treatise or something

i got tired of the multiple eyes and murders and abandoned it 2/3 of the way

harold bloom was much more enamored of gnosticism than iíll ever be and probably understood the referent of all that crazy imagery




I would not have got it at age 23. I have read a lot of gnostic writings and books about gnosis and the various states of being that the Voyage to Arcturus is actually talking about.
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Old 03.18.2019, 09:21 AM   #5482
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I just finished re-reading Alfred Besterís classic, ďThe Stars my Destination,Ē and now Iím looking for something new, slimming through samples on Kindle.

This looks good. I saw the author speak a while back, and Iím enjoying the sample. Might dive in:

 
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Old 03.18.2019, 09:32 AM   #5483
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I just finished re-reading Alfred Besterís classic, ďThe Stars my Destination,Ē and now Iím looking for something new, slimming through samples on Kindle.

This looks good. I saw the author speak a while back, and Iím enjoying the sample. Might dive in:

 


looks interesting, but a lot of current Middle Eastern history seems to stem from times way before that. If he doesn't go back at least to 1920, I think it's missing a lot
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Old 03.18.2019, 12:13 PM   #5484
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I would not have got it at age 23. I have read a lot of gnostic writings and books about gnosis and the various states of being that the Voyage to Arcturus is actually talking about.
oh nice. i got nothing of it unfortunately.

who is 23?
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Old 03.18.2019, 01:15 PM   #5485
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Just meaning, 23 years ago I would not have understood what I understand at 46.
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Old 03.18.2019, 01:16 PM   #5486
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Just meaning, 23 years ago I would not have understood what I understand at 46.
i read it a couple years ago

left it 2/3 of the way
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Old 03.18.2019, 04:22 PM   #5487
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looks interesting, but a lot of current Middle Eastern history seems to stem from times way before that. If he doesn't go back at least to 1920, I think it's missing a lot

Itís really more of a first-person account of his time there, and his observations about how one thing led to another. Itís not really a history text. He was the NYY bureau chief in Beirut for several years, and this is the book he wrote about what he experienced, with some history for context.

Really more of a non-fiction, journalism piece than a historical text... at least thatís what his talk was like and thatís what Iím getting from the book thus far.
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Old 03.21.2019, 02:53 PM   #5488
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Old 03.21.2019, 03:06 PM   #5489
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Just meaning, 23 years ago I would not have understood what I understand at 46.

Wait till you hit 92. David Lynch is suddenly gonna make a whole lot of sense.
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Old 03.22.2019, 08:09 AM   #5490
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that my be my man. that may be.


This has also happened with green olives.....
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Old 03.22.2019, 09:09 PM   #5491
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that my be my man. that may be.


This has also happened with green olives.....

Is your ass EVER going to finish Book of the New Sun?

fucksakes
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Old 04.10.2019, 09:55 AM   #5492
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soroastrianism!

 


very good stuff with the 80s as background. many reviewers turned off by it because... i don’t know.... “too philosophical” or something. i find it impossible to put down.

audio version is on jootoob actually. gimme a sec for the link

https://youtu.be/TI0V04dP4t8
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Old 04.10.2019, 02:44 PM   #5493
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I'm finally starting to get burned out on Philip K Dick. I've read about 30 of his novels, the majority in the past year or two. I'm going to finish The Exegesis then I need something new.

Looking for books about the cross pollenation of jewish-greek culture in the B.C.E, history of Judaism. My number one curiosity is the Zadok priest lineage, how they were chased into the desert and became essenes who were the writers of the qumran/dead sea scrolls.

Anybody know any good books on the subject?
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Old 04.11.2019, 08:10 AM   #5494
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I was looking for a new smart, cerebral sci-fi book to read and I saw this..

ďInceptionĒ meets ďTrue DetectiveĒ??? .... FUCKING SIGN ME UP!

So far the description is apt, almost astonishingly so. Very upsetting right out the gate. Iím gonna stick with it, though, I think.
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Old 04.11.2019, 09:54 AM   #5495
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Looking for books about the cross pollenation of jewish-greek culture in the B.C.E, history of Judaism. My number one curiosity is the Zadok priest lineage, how they were chased into the desert and became essenes who were the writers of the qumran/dead sea scrolls.

Anybody know any good books on the subject?
im sorry i don't
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Old 04.11.2019, 04:40 PM   #5496
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Isaac Asimov's first volume of his Guide to the Bible deals a lot with the actual history presented in the Old Testament, exhaustively researched through the OG sources.

PDF download available here http://rxttbooks.blogspot.com/2014/0...ook-there.html
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I'm finally starting to get burned out on Philip K Dick.

Haven't read any Philip K Dick. If you could recommend only one, which would it be?
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Old 04.11.2019, 10:17 PM   #5500
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^^ im not a fan in general but i’ve read ubik twice. it’s highly readable somehow. just try a few pages on an online demo and see if it sticks. bet you it will. ps- avoid reviews which are full of shitty spoilers. just begin.
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