Blog / Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

I believe I forgot to add post this weekend in the middle of the night. I was busy. I am sorry.

It was an enjoyable weekend, so it makes up for the fact, right?

I am glad the weather is back to being habitable. I am not a cold weather person. I will take hot and humid any day.

With the sudden surge in temperature, I have noticed that the entire campus has turned into a pseudo beach.

On my fifteen minute walk to class I see numerous people naping on the hills, backpack beneath the head and a book over the face. On these same hills guys run to and fro throwing a frisbee, football, or baseball. Beneath their airborn exchanges lie the ladies in full beach attire trying to tan between classes.

And it is only spring. If only I was fortunate enough to stay here for the summer and get a part time job that gave me time to relax and lie about in the sun (or shade). But no, I shall return home for the summer and spend my days in a cubicle checking ketchup bottle caps for flaws.

I am not fully bitter. (Read, yes I am)

I do get time to read. That is what my summers allow me to do, if not become the bronze God of the hill. Last summer, I managed to make it through a large stack of books. This summer will be no different, except for which books I tackle.

If anyone has any suggestions on books to read, let me know. I am interested in Sci-fi/fantasy, humor, philosophy, and I will try most anything under the sun. I also am a fan of reading books that are acclaimed to be great. Just to say that I have read them, and then am able to say why it is not in my opinion.

My current list for the summer includes:

  • A SpineHolder’s Manual – Neal Hurd
  • My Boring Ass Life – Kevin Smith
  • The Once and Future King – T.H. White
  • The Republic – Plato
  • The Bible
  • The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  • The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  • The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman

I suppose that is all. Let me know what you have for me.

4 Replies to “Sunshine”

  1. Q,

    You have no idea the amount of free time I have at work. It will be done, mark my words.

    I am suprised that you didn’t have a remark for the Bible, I think that is a larger undertaking than the other two.

    Any other suggestions?

  2. Whoa, you’re ambitious. The entire “His Dark Materials” trilogy AND Plato’s “Republic”?

    Should be an interesting summer. =)

  3. I understand that your belief about the Bible, personally I do not fully believe what it has to say. This, however does not mean I can’t read it to recognize the beauty within each passage.

    My priest told me not to read it word for word and believe it word for word. His thoughts were that God did create man, but not in the sense of Adam and Eve because he felt that was too absurd. He did believe that God create man and man has thus evolved in God’s image. This is how I intend to read the Bible, to know what it is saying but to come to my own conclusions about how things happen.

    I will consider your Plato suggestion, and by consider I mean it will be read if I have the time after the other books and if the public library has this book.

  4. I choose to ignore the Bible because I don’t believe in crediting humanity’s triumphs to an unproven superstition. Not to say I don’t recognize the book, but I consider it implausible that seas can be parted.

    Some recommendations from me… if you end up liking Plato, you should read “Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar,” it’s one of my favorite books on philosophy. Otherwise, check out some stuff by Lisa Randall. She’s a theoretical physicists and she writes really out-there science nonfiction. It’s hard to understand, but nevertheless pretty interesting.

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