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Added by Keaster on 24 Jan 2022 12:41
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Nag Hammadin kätketty viisaus - Ismo Dunderberg, Antti Marjanen
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The Gospel in Brief - Leo Tolstoy
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Lady Windermere's Fan - Oscar Wilde
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Fup - Jim Dodge
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The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries... - Carl A. P. Ruck,A Albert Hofmann,R. Gordon Wasson
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Kertomus Jukatanin asioista - Diego de Landa
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The New Testament: A Translation - David Bentley Hart
A very fresh and literal translation of the New Testament form original Greek. I most certainly do not identify myself as a Christian, but I did enjoy this book quite a lot, I must say, and I partly do understand its enchantment to so many people across time and space for the last 2000 years. It really is quite a captivating book: the Gospels and the Apocalypse are pretty dang tight poetical prose and they read very, very well, especially in Hart's translation, that indeed does not smooth over stuff as basically every other translation of the book apparently does. My knowledge of ancient Greek is not very extensive, although I do understand a bit of the basics of it and know a few words here and there, and on the basis of that this definitely seems to be a very accurate and truthful rendering of the original. Hart also opens up a lot of difficult phrasings and words in footnotes, and sometimes just leaves them as they are in their incomprehensibleness, which I can appreciate. But man I must say that the Pauline epistles are reeeeeeeaally tiresome and irritating and weary. The dude was apparently in some sort of control-obsessive psychosis, because he repeatedly states that everybody must believe and act as he does and says, anything else being horribly bad, ignorant and wrong. Get real mate, and kindly pull your head out of your ass to see that it's not quite so black-and-white, as easy as it would be if it were true. Well anyways... it's definitely a must-read for anybody who really wants to understand our Graeco-Roman derived Western culture, or for anybody interested in culture and history in general. I especially recommend precisely this translation.
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Biohakkerin stressikirja - Olli Sovijärvi, Teemu Arina, Jaakko Halmetoja
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This Craft of Verse - Jorge Luis Borges
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Speed (1988)
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The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane_II
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Outer Dark - Cormac McCarthy
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Bacchae - Euripides
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Wine in the Ancient World - Charles Seltman
Academically rather useless - it's from 1957 and by a British gentleman with corresponding ideals and views about the world, a fact that you absolutely cannot miss - but highly entertaining and pleasurable to read as a general book about the subject, while bearing in mind that a lot of the information is rather biased or dated. Some highlights:

"Far be it from me, however, to deny that the “respectable” women of Athens had a tendency to drink too much. This did not apply to the hetairai, the girl-friends who often took part in the men’s symposia, because they drank wine carefully mixed with water in accordance with the rules described in the last chapter. They were precise and masculine rules, for in general men are planners. But women have been, since the very happenings of organized communal life, improvisers, and this is apparent even today in a number of professions calling for precision and planning. Once a man becomes interested in the art of cooking food, he usually turns out to be a better chef than a woman, only because he measures with accuracy his ounces and his teaspoons where she guesses and approximates. She gets results, original and interesting, but she is rarely able to serve exactly the same dish twice. This is, of course, by no means an infallible rule; only a useful generalization. The point is that a woman who will hazard a guess in the kitchen will also hazard a guess in the buttery if she is preparing wine; and in ancient Athens she probably put less water with it than her husband would have done; often, indeed, she preferred to take her wine neat; and, as has been shown, neat wine was often very potent. Therefore it was the respectable wives – rather than the gay girl-friends – who were inclined to overdo potations, and some of them, naturally, showed intoxication more than did others." From pages 95-6.

"Nowadays the experts may declare that things like ham and eggs, or fish and chips contain each dish, 250 calories, that meat pie jumps up to 350 calories, and that a strange concoction called “fruit sundae” tops the bill with 800 calories. At the opposite end of the scale the experts place Brandy with 100 calories, Champagne with 90, Sherry with 80, and Burgundy with 75; while Dionysos himself, the bunch of grapes, is allowed no more than 50 calories.
But if in vino veritas is acceptable then so, surely, is in vino sanitas. Some have been known to drink a Health in spirits, in beer, in tomato juice, and, most lamentably, even in water. None of these things are proper for a Health.
Therefore when we rise from table to the toast “Gentlemen, The Queen!” let it be drunk in wine." Pages 154-5.

"A generation ago there were wine-drinkers who affected a scorn of Champagne. The pose has now flopped, for these sparkling wines have about them something of divinity. They are right for every occasion and for every kind of meal. Asklepios would have ordered Champagne for his patients, Dionysos would have cried out “This, at last, is the essential ME!” The heroes of Homer, the elegant Athenians, the Roman poets, even the Alexandrians down to Athenaeus and his Gastronomers would have purred with pleasure; but ice or snow is a requisite. Indeed one of its greatest virtues is that most men and women can take so much with so little ill effect. It is the great French miracle, quite unknown to the ancient world. But how they would have loved it!" Page 157.

I must say that although academically this kind of information is quite hard to put to use, I do enjoy reading a colorful and lively book such as this much more than the dry and over-intellectualized presentations one usually comes across while conducting a research.
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Island - Aldous Huxley
a.k.a. Aldous Huxley's take on the State. His vision is truly quite appealing, charming, sensible and well-thought out. While of course being an utopia, I dare argue that it has elements that would not be impossible to see put to use in the world we currently live in, and that as a matter of fact, should be put to use, and the faster the better. Not an easy task, of course, ourselves being surrounded in this horrible infinite-seeming web of torment and misjustice, while in its core there lays a gruesome, venomous, ever-hungry gluttonous beast that is this monetary system of ours that certainly is not built on the welfare of human being and other living creatures.
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