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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I was in Portland for a deposition and picked up five books from Powell’s City of Books on two trips.

    Of those five, I’m currently reading Andrew Marr’s history of post-WWII Britain. I’ve also been reading The Long Weekend by Robert Graves and Alan Hodge.

    Last night, I did something first for older age, I skipped a concert. The band I wanted to see was not set to come on to at least 10 and I was tired from the last few weeks of work and stayed in. I’ve seen this band three times before so it is no big deal in the long run but it feels disappointing. Especially because Saturday was spent at work appeasing a self-righteous opposing counsel whom made a big deal over nothing. The kind of stuff that makes litigation miserable for the lawyers.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    Reading Chestertons Tales of the Long Bow. We shall see where it leads.Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Aaron David says:

      Interesting… that’s one of the few Chesterton works I haven’t read (not including his weeklys).

      Somewhere along the way his long-form novels convinced me of his greatness as an essayist.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Marchmaine says:

        I am just starting to read him outside the Father Brown stuff. I am not a Catholic (though I had a grandmother who was very) but I am finding much that has aged quite well lately. But then again, I tend to be partial to the fiction of the Edwardian and interwar period.

        I will admit to reading it due to stumbling across it, as is my way.Report

      • Avatar Aaron David in reply to Marchmaine says:

        By the way @marchmaine have you read this bit by the Notorious GKC?Report

        • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Aaron David says:

          No, @aaron-david , I never had… thanks; I’m rather impressed, that’s really pretty good… I thought this paragraph very nearly perfect:

          There is a certain strain of thinker who insists on being more naturalist than Nature. They will say with great certainty that since Thor does not exist, Mr. Tesla must not exist either, and that the stories of Asclepius disprove Pasteur. This is quite backwards: it is reasonable to argue that the Wright Brothers will never fly because Da Vinci couldn’t; it is madness to say they will never fly because Daedalus could. As well demand that we must deny Queen Victoria lest we accept Queen Mab, or doubt Jack London lest we admit Jack Frost. Nature has never been especially interested in looking naturalistic, and it ignores these people entirely and does exactly what it wants.

          …and the conclusion also very Chestertonian in spirit.

          When one says that there shall certainly never be thinking-machines, because they remind him too much of God, let that man open his eyes until he is reminded of God by a plumber, or a symphony, or a dreary Sunday afternoon. Let him see God everywhere he looks, and then ask himself whether the world is truly built so that grand things can never come to pass. Mr. Butler’s thinking-machines will come to pass not because they are extraordinary, but precisely because they are ordinary, in a world where extraordinary things are the only constant of everyday life.

          I’m reminded of my Classicist friend who told me that for his PhD he regularly had to translate modern text into the Latin of Cicero, Virgil, and other lesser lights. It struck me personally as torture… but it seems there’s a natural longing for it. Until someone invents a thinking-machine that translates text into other languages in the style of Cicero, Virgil and other lesser lights. Then comment sections will never be the same.Report

          • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Marchmaine says:

            P.S. I should qualify that while he might marvel at thinking-machines… I’m also quite certain he would bemoan the abuse of thinking-machines. So, I’d place this fictional piece in, say, 1948 rather than 2018. Looking forward at the prospect of what might be possible rather than backwards at what has become.Report

  3. Avatar Anne says:

    It’s Father’s day weekend so no reading but the annual watching of the U.S.Open and the golf argument …er…dicussion between my hubby and father-in-law….oh and König Ludwig Weissbier among othersReport


    The Pseudoscience Wars by Michael Grodin. It’s about science and pseudoscience, Popper’s demarcation problem, and Immanuel “Worlds in Collision” Velikovsky.

    Also The Road Less Traveled, except it always makes me tired and want to sleep.Report

  5. Avatar Marchmaine says:

    Proving something something about trends and fads vs. changes in tradition, my little town got itself its first Brewpub… so we went there. The beer was quite good; the space was adequate for an obviously small town budget; and the food was fine. The food, unlike the beer which was clean and focused, fell into my most hated restaurant trap: making lots of different (too many) and overly complicated foods barely average rather than a few simple foods very well. I hate that.

    Then we walked down a surprisingly busy main street to the local theater to see Ocean’s 8.

    We’ll probably yell at each other about that sometime in the near future, so I’ll hold back. My average Joe review was that it was fine. But I think they committed some cardinal sins in a Heist Movie (purely qua Heist movie, and not having anything at all to do with the sex of the characters) that fall squarely on the shoulders of the writers – who appear to be hired guns not related to the original Oceans trilogy. The Heist, the characters, the dialogue, the witty repartee, the running gags… all of those things are either flawed, off kilter, B-grade or non-existent.

    The concept? Pretty good actually; the execution? Sub par.

    Likely there will be an Ocean’s 9 in which hopefully Anne Hathaway is given room to fix the classic Heist dynamic so that we don’t get another grim “true-crime” vibe.Report

    • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to Marchmaine says:

      I feel like there is a difference between the “food was fine” and your later “barely average” description.Report

      • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Saul Degraw says:

        Aha, “fine” in this case is faint praise… it was fine… nothing notable, but not a disaster.

        Surveying the menu, they went too far abroad and the food they returned was fine… adequate… with prejudice against for needlessly complicating their menu and under-performing on foods they don’t quite understand… so just barely.

        Maybe hard to explain my idiosyncratic restaurant preferences… but next time you’re in the Shenandoah Valley I’ll take you there and I think you’ll see what I mean. Unless maybe they improve… it was their first week after all.Report

  6. Avatar jason says:

    Catching up on my Scalped graphic novels. I like the series–one of my summer projects is catching up my reading. (Okay, I won’t catch up, but I’ll do some serious reading.)Report