Posts Tagged ‘religion’

48. “The Lost Symbol,” Dan Brown

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Robert Langdon is once again unraveling the well-guarded secrets of an ancient and highly-influental order whilst being stalked by a violent white dude. This time it’s Freemasons in Washington, DC.

I know I am supposed to be above Dan Brown, but I do find the Robert Langdon books enjoyable. They are fast, they make you feel smart and smug, and they are many pages. And if you are a page-counter like me, fast, long books are what it is all about.

Page count: 509
Page total: 13,122


42. “I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight,” Margaret Cho

July 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Apparently Margaret Cho is the shit. I don’t really go in for her comedy, as she does a lot of shouting and I do not like shouting, but this book shows a righteous, very cool, very smart person.

I was sort of confused by the format, which is almost like a blog. Even though it’s divided into sections, there’s not much tying the entries together. Not everything in the feminism section is explicitly feminist, not everything in the war on terror section is about how Former VP Chenney is a dangerous, dangerous human being.

“My attitude toward peace does not depend on which war we are discussing. I think that words should do the work of bombs.” (25)

On the ease with which women hate Courtney Love:

“Courtney Love is an incredible artist who has endured public derision and scorn for well over a decade. What man could survive that? Yet in any real way, the feminist majority has yet to come to her defense. No one has come forward with the simple question ‘Why is it that I am hating another woman with such ease?'” (112)

“Strange that there is so much religion in the world, but only enough to make us fight over who is right, not enough to make us love one another.” (182)

“A government that would deny a gay man the right to a bridal registry is a fascist state.” (145)

Page count: 240
Page total: 10,608
LOC Call number: PN 6165.C56 2005

36. “My Jesus Year,” Benyamin Cohen

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Benyamin Cohen, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, begins to doubt the faith he was born into and wonders how Christianity manages to be so appealing. He under-takes a year-long pilgrimage to various Christian churches trying to understand why Christianity feels vibrant, main-stream, and personal while Judiasm feels staid, unusual, and isolating.

As one might expect, it ends happily, with Cohen gaining useful insights into his own religion through the Christians he speaks to and approaches Judaism with new enthusiasm.

This book, incidentally, ushers in a new tag, don’t judge a book by its cover, for books that utterly fail to live up to the expectations created by their marketing. The book was a fast an fairly enjoyable read, but “hilarious” it was not.

Page count: 252
Page total: 9,004
Call number: F294.A89J525 2008

44. “Devil Bones,” Kathy Reichs

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Why, this isn’t like the TV show at all!

Page count: 304
Page total: 20,102

3. “The Red Tent”, Anita Diamant

November 27, 2008 1 comment

So, over Thanksgiving break while my students were reading sixty whole pages of 1984 (“Mr. Patterson, you forced it.”), I was deathly ill, grading, and reading The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

Frankly, I was a little disappointed. I’d heard a lot about the feminine style of Diamant’s prose, but it did nothing for me. I spent the entire book just waiting for something to happen. Objectively, I guess a lot did. There were murders, rapes, idolatry, births, adultery– I should have been overwhelmed! For some reason (and, perhaps, it was the sickness) I just didn’t feel anything. I read it to the end only because I felt that, as a Gender and Women’s Studies student, I was supposed to have read this.

Book: p321