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August 6, 2007

Summertime Reading

Filed under: Entertainment,Faith,Family,Open Thread — Sisyphus @ 6:32 am

Turmoil in the ToyboxMy wife has been hogging the Brownback book all summer, taking her sweet time with it and not letting me read it. I’ve been frustrated by the waiting, so I haven’t read much of anything beyond some Plutarch and Thucydides this whole time. (If nothing else, they impress my coworkers, since work is the only place I usually get the chance to read in peace.)

Thucydides is a good one to read. It’s nice to see that there was at least one Athenian who appreciated the Spartan system. He portrays Athens as the unruly mob of wacko leftards and dissembling meddlers they undoubtedly were, and are. I respect that viewpoint a lot, it’s not one you get very much of in classical literature (most of which was written by chest-thumping Athenian moonbats).

Anyway, my newest summer read has arrived in the mail. I’ve finally gotten my copy of “Turmoil in the Toybox” by Phil Phillips. Some members of my church group spoke to me about it, and encouraged me to pick it up. Apparently, it reveals a great deal about the influence of Satanism on the modern toy industry. Not having read it yet, I have little to say about the subject; but, as the summer goes on and I read more of it, I will doubtless have the opportunity to post any insights this book provides me on the subject. (I promise to include relevant quotes!)

This book could change the way America raises its children. It’s a bit old (it was originally published in 1986), but from what I’ve heard, its lessons are still valid.

12 Comments »

  1. You must be very well educated to be able to read Greek. I read the Iliad once but it was an English translation by a man named Chapman.

    Comment by Ann O'Maly — August 6, 2007 @ 6:58 am | Reply

  2. αν οιομαι οτι Σισυφος οιος τ’εστι μανθανει την γλωσσαν την Ηλληνων, αλλα δοκει εμοι φαινειν δυσπαραδεκτος.

    Comment by interpreted — August 6, 2007 @ 7:44 am | Reply

  3. You should read the last Harry Potter.

    High quality, fictional, shouldn’t tax you too much.

    Comment by SPOILER — August 6, 2007 @ 8:09 am | Reply

  4. η βιβλος ‘Χαρι Ποτερ’ ουκ αξια ην! αναγραφεται υπο των μηνχανων!

    Comment by interpreted — August 6, 2007 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  5. I never said I read it in Greek, you sillies! I haven’t studied Greek in ages. All I can recognize from Comment #2 is my name, the genitive case “of the Greeks,” “dokei emoi” (meaning “it seems best to me”), the infinitive of the verb “phainein”, and the nominative singular of “dusparadektos.”

    Comment 4 is about the Harry Potter book. Beyond that, I don’t know.

    Comment by Sisyphus — August 6, 2007 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  6. 1984 by George Orwell.

    Comment by Brandon Explosion — August 6, 2007 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  7. Wow – Sisyphus – you merit what might be the first genuine compliment from me – another Greek speaker!

    Translations –
    Comment 2 – ‘Would that Sisyphus spoke Greek, but it seems best to me to be sceptical’.

    Comment 4 – ‘The book ‘Harry Potter’ is not worthy [of such praise]! It’s full of Dei Ex Machinae!

    A book that I would recommend … hmm, anything by Karen Armstrong would be good, although it can be a bit heavy-going at times.

    Comment by interpreted — August 6, 2007 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

  8. I’m reading the Bible this summer.

    Comment by Maura Ghee — August 6, 2007 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  9. One would hope that all Christians were; it goes without saying.

    Comment by interpreted — August 6, 2007 @ 3:26 pm | Reply

  10. “Wow – Sisyphus – you merit what might be the first genuine compliment from me – another Greek speaker!”

    Aw, shucks. Hardly. I haven’t studied it in ten years. Why do you speak it so well, if you don’t mind my asking?

    “I’m reading the Bible this summer.”

    That one goes without saying. I read at least three chapters a day, although sometimes I cheat a little and read Ecclesiastes over and over for weeks at a time. Or Joshua. I really, really like Joshua.

    Comment by Sisyphus — August 6, 2007 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

  11. Aw, shucks. Hardly. I haven’t studied it in ten years. Why do you speak it so well, if you don’t mind my asking?

    A personal hobby of mine – I read the NT in koine Greek.

    Comment by intepreted — August 7, 2007 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  12. “A personal hobby of mine – I read the NT in koine Greek.”

    I’ve wanted to do that, but it’s hard to find the time. Or a copy of it in koine, for that matter.

    Comment by Sisyphus — August 7, 2007 @ 1:03 pm | Reply


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