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Reading Paper Books


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2021 Jun 27, 8:34pm   22,597 views  226 comments

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In my early retirement, I've decided to read at least an hour a night in real paper books. So far, I've read:

- my dad's old college English book (always felt I needed to improve my grammar)
- Candide by Voltaire
- Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
- The Politics by Aristotle

Now I'm reading The Prince by Machiavelli, and really enjoying it. One tip: before invading, look for minorities who will help you because they resent the traditional rulers in their own country. They may in fact invite you in to help them overthrow their own country. This makes me think that the Chinese have read The Prince and are using BLM, gays, and militant feminism as allies in their fight against America.

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208   Patrick   2023 Dec 20, 3:18pm  

Sort of finished the Locke, Berkeley, and Hume book above. Their English is so verbose and twisty that it was too painful to really read it all. Glad I tried though, because I got an impression of all three of them into my head. Locke was totally one of the founders of the US whether he knew it or not. The Constitution is clearly quoting him at times.

Found another interesting book at a free bookshelf around here, so I've started that now:



Heard about Plutarch many times, so it will be interesting to read his little biographies of many people of ancient history. He's said to be very entertaining.
210   AmericanKulak   2023 Dec 31, 11:12pm  

Patrick says


Found another interesting book at a free bookshelf around here, so I've started that now:

Wait until you get into the Livia conspiracy or is that in Cassius Dio?

You'll LOVE The History of Rome podcast


211   Patrick   2024 Jan 1, 8:16pm  

AmericanKulak says

You'll LOVE The History of Rome podcast


@AmericanKulak

Do you mean this one? https://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/
212   AmericanKulak   2024 Jan 1, 8:19pm  

Patrick says


AmericanKulak says


You'll LOVE The History of Rome podcast


AmericanKulak

Do you mean this one? https://thehistoryofrome.typepad.com/


That's the one. Then you can start the History of Byzantium podcast after that, which should cover you for QUITE a while.
213   Patrick   2024 Jan 22, 3:51pm  

Thanks @AmericanKulak

I finally started listening to them and they are very good.

It's nice that they are just mp3 files, so I can download them and listen to them later without a connection.
216   Patrick   2024 Feb 15, 2:29pm  

Patrick says

Heard about Plutarch many times, so it will be interesting to read his little biographies of many people of ancient history. He's said to be very entertaining.


https://yuribezmenov.substack.com/p/cost-of-glory-podcast-alex-petkas-interview


“Fill your souls with Plutarch, and dare to believe in yourselves when you have faith in his heroes. With a hundred people raised in such an unmodern way, that is, people who have become mature and familiar with the heroic, one could permanently silence the entire noisy pseudo-education of this age.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
217   NuttBoxer   2024 Feb 15, 3:40pm  

Started reading the Arabian Nights tales. The whole book centers around a king who kills the girl he sleeps with every morning so she won't have a chance to cheat on him. Seems like patnetters have more in common with Arabs than many of you might think.
218   Ceffer   2024 Feb 15, 4:31pm  

NuttBoxer says

Started reading the Arabian Nights tales. The whole book centers around a king who kills the girl he sleeps with every morning so she won't have a chance to cheat on him. Seems like patnetters have more in common with Arabs than many of you might think.

Shhhh!
219   Patrick   2024 Feb 15, 4:59pm  

Well, when he comes across Scheherazade, she keeps him entertained and he keeps letting her live.
220   NuttBoxer   2024 Feb 16, 6:42am  

Yes, but the opinion of women as whoring sluts who can't keep their legs closed, especially around black slaves is not subtle..
221   Patrick   2024 Feb 16, 9:41am  

Lol, yes, I noticed that when I read 1001 Nights.
222   NuttBoxer   2024 Apr 8, 9:56pm  

Re-reading Richard Grant's American Nomad. My family is definitely Scotch Irish. My friends have teased me that I dye my beard red. My surname has a town in Virginia. My great grandfathers were moonshiners, and one of them married a Cherokee. Name originally derives from Norse, who invaded England, especially in the north, where the Scotch Irish descended from. I hate the government, distrust authority, get surely when I drink, and married a Mexican. Her people are of course a combination of Spaniards(some of the earliest explorers), and Indians(earliest inhabitants). We've never lived in a house longer than 4 years, and for me that holds true for my entire life. I'm a domesticated version of the book's focus, living most of my life in the area most suited to travel.

Grant mentions many of the people he interviewed for his book are Scotch Irish, and still have the same traits as their ancestors. Governments have been kicking us for at least 600 years, but it never gets through, and they never stop under-estimating us. You think we're sitting out what's coming, think again...
223   Ceffer   2024 Apr 8, 10:42pm  

I didn't know Nuttboxer was a Scandinavian name. Sven Nuttboxer does have a nice ring to it.
224   PeopleUnited   2024 Apr 8, 10:52pm  

Floki Testikelboxer is probably more like it.
225   NuttBoxer   2024 Apr 9, 9:37am  

Norse, and the name changed a bit from there to England.

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