August 24, 2004

Let's Play...

Why's My Bookbag So Heavy? seen on Steven Riddle's blog

I need me one of these bookmovers. The one on the left I meant.

I'm reading Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle for reasons unclear, finding it oddly compelling despite the suspicion that translated works lose their lyricism. I was about a third of the way through Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and it (the dialect?) began to cloy somehow. It's difficult to find fiction I really like but I recognize the need of it given a "surfeit of journalism" (and politics).

I am surprised at just how good Ralph Wood's Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South is. There are so many things I could quote from there, which is a downside of blogging because I think: "I should copy that down for the blog" instead of just enjoying it on my own. For example, novelist Mary McCarthy is quoted saying. "only good people can afford to be religious. For others, it is too great a temptation - a temptation to the deadly sins of pride, anger, chiefly, but one might also add sloth."

Next up is St. Thomas with The Summa Theologica. It is almost impossible to put down because of its arrangement into questions and answers, points and counterpoints. Very hard to disengage since it's not one long prose stream but broken into bite-sized pieces. I stayed up long into last night reading about sloth. I'd like to give more time to St. Augustine: I haven't read much of City of God, which I suppose is his Summa. Nor have I read enough of either to determine if I'm more Augustinian or Thomist. Amy Welborn and Fr. Groeschel are Augustinians, Flannery O'Connor & Tom of Disputations more Thomist.

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