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    Quote Originally Posted by Absolution View Post
    My latest addition in a long line of eccentric reading material is The Gnostic Bible, by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer. It is fucking lit.
    It is a great introduction to not only the Nag Hammadi Library, but I appreciate that they threw in one of the Islamic mystics as well. I am however not very pleased with their representation of the Albigensian (Cathar) sources, because omfg so problematic and the weirdest translation of the Book of Two Principles ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absolution View Post
    My latest addition in a long line of eccentric reading material is The Gnostic Bible, by Willis Barnstone and Marvin Meyer. It is fucking lit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enname View Post
    It is a great introduction to not only the Nag Hammadi Library, but I appreciate that they threw in one of the Islamic mystics as well. I am however not very pleased with their representation of the Albigensian (Cathar) sources, because omfg so problematic and the weirdest translation of the Book of Two Principles ever.
    This is my first dive into gnosticism after being introduced to it by Jung so I don't really know what you're talking about haha, but I'll keep it in mind while reading!

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    Winding back the clock and filling in some script logic gaps, or much rather "Rooting out and eliminating dead wood" so to speak. (The Rose Technique - lol). Back to being a book worm, only this time carrying a tool kit along with those who have dared taking pruning sheers to the mentality of boring, dull lecture hall attending golems who are too easily molded by pop psychology/pop sciences. A type of student that I used to be. I'm reading two books at the same time that could both be considered counterparts yet contain drastic counterpoints for me to ping pong their contents back and forth in my mind. Tweaking and restoring my erudition back to a state of buoyancy again. And I'm only reading books on these subject matters as apparently I'm an idiot. I'm an arrogant, patronizing loser with too much time on my hands, so I fuck with morons all day. Anyway.... Here are the two books that I am reading currently to correct that behavior.

    The illustrated, updated & expanded edition of "A Brief History of Time" by Stephen Hawking as well as "The Omniverse" by Alfred Lambremont Webre.

    P.S. Children have plastic brains. Fact.
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    Raven : The Untold Story of Jim Jones and His People by Tim Reiterman, John Jacobs

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    Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

    A surprisingly early entry into the realm of creative non fiction-crime, a genre that is incredibly popular now with His Bloody Project winning a whole lot of prizes last year. This is not nearly as technically magnificent as HBP, but I enjoyed it. As a historian I kind of want to sit Mr Larson down and give him a stern talking to about his research methods and how to not get stuck with only 'HISTORICAL FACT DUMP' and 'CHARACTER DUMP' modes, but that is beside the point. The murders woven throughout was possibly the best and most naturally written parts, along with some of the descriptions of the the White City. Plus I learnt things, which is always a bonus. Be interesting to see if the film can make this a bit more of a natural fit.

    Han Kang, Human Acts.

    This book is distressing, beautiful and made me cry. I'd read the one that one her (and her translator) the Man Booker Prize and it was creepy, unsettling and astoundingly beautiful (the imagery of the forest at the end!), but this one is my favourite of hers. The blurb says it is a testament to 'forgiveness and the survival of the human spirit.' Not sure what book they read, but what I got was more about the eternal horror of the humanity and the trauma we inflict. It is set during and after the Gwangju massacre of 1980 - when the South Korean Army suppressed a student uprising and brutally killed 600+ civilians. Follows the point of view of several of the students and is both beautiful and left me breathless in its horror. As one torture victim notes, 'some memories never heal. Rather than fading with the passage of time, those memories become the only things left behind when all else is abraded. The world darkens, like electric bulbs going out one by one.'
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