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  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    I loved it so I ordered upBook 2, “A Midsummer Tempest” and I am blown away by the fact that the hero is thinking, and speaking in blank verse!

  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    P.S.@jzdro: lovin’ it!!

  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Thanks, I just summoned it!

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Okay everybody,I know I shouldn’t be posting again, but: Peter Ackroyd’s “ Mr.Cadmus” is making me scream with laughter. Scream!!!!! So if you wanna laugh…okay I will not post again, till somebody else does.(ISBN 978178689944).

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Me again…you’re probably getting sick o’me! Yet I will tell you, I just finished Katherine Arden’s “Winternight Trilogy” . (The first book is “the Bear and the Nightingale” ISBN 9781101885932. ). Especially if you are interested in Slavic /Russian folklore at all , please read, you’ll love it! Really I think anybody would. On Sunday morning I held back, knowing I would finish book 3 before the day was out. Which I did 😢. But lucky you, if you’ve got all 3 books yet to come!

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 1 month ago

    As this election approaches, you may find it comforting to read or re-read Gore Vidal’s novel “1876”, ISBN 9870375708725. Well. Comforting or at least distracting.

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 1 month, 1 week ago

    “Arcadia” by Iain Pears, ISBN 987110946824 . The Inklings meet Daniel O’Malley—in Shakespeare’s back yard. How I wish I could travel back in time To two days ago, so I would have the pleasure of reading this yet to come!

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Have you read Elena Ferrente’s “Neapolitan Quartet”? Many people did, or saw the series mebbe 2 yrs ago. No one knows who the author is, not even If she’s a she! in case you haven’t been following the literary gossip. I just read her latest”The Lying Life of Adults” ISBN 9781609455710. If you’re interested at all in Italian culture, or the Italian mind, or “the terrible old Italy that no one can erase”, as her translator phrased it— I recommend this book. (And please PM me if you read the Quartet—I have many questions,)

  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Oh THANK YOU for putting that up, drl. “I knew a woman none could please/Because she dreamed when but a child/Of men and women made like these..” When I first read this , I was a “child” intellectually; my formal education well over, but my lifelong task to become historically educated and more widely literate just beginning. Rereading this reminded me why I think the way I do. Specifically about Nagasaki, Fussel writes , there are two sides—which is why it is a tragedy and not simply a disaster. Cher mâitre!

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    On the 75th anniversary of Nagasaki I recommend Paul Fussell’s “Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays” ISBN 9789345361356. (Or you can search the title and just read the eponymous essay online. )
    God save the United States.

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 months ago

    “Apocalypse Never: why environmental alarmism hurts us all”,Shellenberger, ISBN 9780063001695. I just finished this which i think is one of the books Seawriter recommended. Technological advances are the savior, not the destroyer, of the planet, especially nuclear power…and when we get to fusion, we shall have nothing left to wish for! Nuke power is totally clean and, if malfunctions sometimes kill people,well, so do hydroelectric dams and mining operations. Very informative climate mythbuster!
    (I’m working on another he recommended, “The Napoleonic Wars”., but I really wi…[Read more]

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    I want to recommend two poetry collections, both of which I read straight through, like I would a novel, laughing and crying. Kipling’s “Poems and Ballads”( 1899) ISBN 9781429794053, and Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology”(1915) ISBN 9781985324350.
    About Kipling no more need be said. I think everyone in this group knows he was a great poet.
    As for Masters: I never liked “free verse”; by the time I started reading it, it had become a sloppy self-indulgent morass where you could pass off a note you mighta left on the refrigerator as a poem. IMHO just putting linebreaks into a prosy pa…[Read more]

    • We read a lot of Spoon River Anthology in high school, I suppose because Masters was a local boy. He was one of my favorites back then.

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  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    “Banished Children of Eve”, by Peter Quinn 1994, 9780670850761.
    About New York in the time of the Civil War. And abouT our Great poet and composer, Stephen Foster. I thought of it again now because it seems like an instructive and poignant backdrop to the present.

  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Did you watch that series “The Terror” about one of the Arctic expeditions? As you’re saying here, they got stuck in the ice for like 2 years, lotsa ‘em went crazy.
    (And of course, we STILL don’t know much about the ocean floor…)

  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    …and I hafta tell you I am now reading
    Carolyn Chute’s 2008 novel “The School on Hearts Content Road”, ebook ISBN 978155558484. And I recommend it. I kinda thought she had peaked and crashed—“Snow Man” was awful. But no!

  • Hypatia posted an update in the group Group logo of Reading ListReading List 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Has everybody read “Hillbilly Elegy” (ISBN 978-0-6-2300546) ? If not, this time when we all are mandated to feel guilty about “white privilege” would be a good time to make its acquaintance.

    PS: IF you prefer novels, read Chute’s “The Beans of Egypt, Maine” ISBN 9780156001885

    • …and I hafta tell you I am now reading
      Carolyn Chute’s 2008 novel “The School on Hearts Content Road”, ebook ISBN 978155558484. And I recommend it. I kinda thought she had peaked and crashed—“Snow Man” was awful. But no!

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  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    There’s a lot about Garfield in Sarah Vowell’s book “Assassination Vacation” (2005). ISBN 0743260031
    I really like her books even though she is kinda a lefty. These days we’re heating a lot about Lafayette Park, a public area beside the White House set aside for protesters—that reminded me of another great book of hers”Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” ISBN 1594631743 (2015). She’s very funny, and in her history books she isn’t polemical about her politics.

  • Hypatia posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Yes! That is a great book!

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