July 5th, 2006

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An Update

These last few days have been somewhat of a blur.  I have been staying up much later than usual, traveling to and fro, and generally discarding the comforts of my normal routine.  I'm lost and confused.  

That being said, I had a nice day yesterday.  My most beloved companion and I spent the day together.  We visited a state park for a picnic, and later we found ourselves on the Mississippi with some friends, watching the explosion of fireworks.

Ah, but here we are: Wednesday.  The Fifth of July.

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I am reading Fr. John Meyendorff's (+1992) Catholicity and the Church, a series of papers on the nature of the Church, particularly in regards to ecumenism.  Oh to ask the question:  what is the Church?  I am also still working my way through Mann's The Magic Mountain - what a beast!  I am enjoying the book, but it is so gentle and so subtly pregnant with detail that I can't stand reading more than a few pages at a time.  Mann's story is wonderful, but in a very understated mysterious way that somehow exhausts me.  It appears that I am developing a long-term relationship with the novel. 

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And now this:

I have found an interesting website: http://www.librarything.com

One can list one's recent or current readings here and then find out who else has been reading them.  Books can be reviewed, compared, etc.  They have a very helpful search engine that allows you to find your book on Amazon.com or perhaps through a library, thus allowing all the users to have the appropriate ISBN information and whatnot.

At any rate, I've created one.  I started with the last four books that I've read and I think I'll continue posting new books when I'm finished with them.  I've not decided what to rate the books I've listed at this point- it seems one step too pretentious (for, I must admit, this entire sight does smack of pretension, and I am guilty already as a participant).  I'd rather rate how much I enjoyed the read as oppossed to how "good" it might have been.  

Anyhow: http://www.librarything.com/catalog.php?view=LoadedWord