November 7th, 2014

contemporary cult of economic freedom

It is 7:22 AM Friday morning in the flow of my life. It is a cold gray morning. It is not snowing.

I got up this morning around 6:15 AM. I got up because I was having a weird dream. I could slept later if it was not for that weird dream. I can always take a nap today if it gets unbearable. So I got up made a pot of coffee and have been messing with our main computer. In the mornings I mainly read blogs in LiveJournal and Diaryland. Next I read music reviews and some News. The world is in a terrible mess. The world has always been in a terrible mess. I am looking forward to a New Creation.

Last night I watched television and went to bed around 11 o'clock PM.

Yesterday I basically read my books, wrote in my paper diary and wandered the house. I did not go anywhere yesterday due to the bad winter weather. I kept the shades down all day and sat in the dark. Why look out into a world turned ugly. It is dark outside so why not keep the inside dark also.

What did I read yesterday when not wandering the house. I read if I remember correctly these books-

"Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd

"Laura Warholic or, The Sexual Intellectual" a novel by Alexander Theroux (this novel is 878 pages long and I am on page 349 today)

Carol is off tonight from work. I think she is off also tomorrow night. Carol and I have been married 35 years. Next year we would have been married 36 years. That is a long time. It is interesting being married to one person for so long. I know that Carol and I will be together in Heaven someday. Carol and I have an eternal relationship. Marriage is forever state. Does death break the marriage union? In the eternal state we will all remember our times on the old earth.

What we do here now depends where we will spend Eternity.

Well I suppose I will close to make myself a pot of oatmeal. There is no way out.

marriage and divorce
  • Current Music
    Cloud Nothings 'Here And Nowhere Else'

books bought during the year 2014 continued

June 2014
"Schnitzler's Century: The Making Of Middle-Class Culture 1815-1914" by Peter Gay
"Lucky Jim" a novel by Kingsley Amis
"Songs Of The Doomed: More Notes On The Death Of The American Dream" Gonzo Papers Vol. 3 by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
"The Abstract Wild" essays by Jack Turner
"The Land and Literature of England" by Robert M. Adams "A master storyteller's tour through English literature and its times"
"Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience" poetry by William Blake
"The Last Innocent White Man in America and other writings" by John Leonard
"Rommel Drives On Deep Into Egypt" poems by Richard Brautigan
"Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness" by Edward Abbey
"Who Was David Weiser?" a novel by Pawel Huelle [Translated by Michael Kandel]
"The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers" by Betsy Lerner
"The Echo Maker" a novel by Richard Powers
"The Poe Shadow" a novel by Matthew Pearl
"Consilience: The Unity Of Knowledge" by Edward O. Wilson
"Spiritus Mundi: Essays on Literature, Myth, and Society" by Northrop Frye
"A History Of The World In 10 1/2 Chapters" a novel by Julian Barnes
"My Antonia" a novel by Willa Cather
"The Rainbow" a novel by D. H. Lawrence
"Tomato Red" a novel by Daniel Woodrell
"The Siberians" travel adventure by Farley Mowat
"Ironweed" a novel by William Kenney
"I Am Charlotte Simmons" a novel by Tom Wolfe
"Seven Continents & Forty Years" A Concentration of Memoirs by C. L. Sulzberger
"Freer: A Legacy of Art" by Thomas Lawton & Linda Merrill
"Little Bird of Heaven" a novel by Joyce Carol Oates
"Angelology" a novel by Danielle Trussoni
"The Ruin of Kasch" essays by Roberto Calasso [Translated by William Weaver & Stephen Sartarelli]
"Hotel on the Corner of Better and Sweet" a novel by Jamie Ford
"Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures" by M. Basil Pennington
"Wilson" a biography by A. Scott Berg
"Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" a novel by Susanna Clarke
"The Hungry Ghosts: Seven Allusive Comedies" by Joyce Carol Oates
"Isadora Duncan: My Life" by Isadore Duncan
"Mitz: The Marmoset Of Bloomsbury" a novel by Sigrid Nunez
"The Narrow Corner" a novel by W. Somerset Maugham
"Dodo An Ominibus" three novels by E. F. Benson
"The Curious Case of Sidd Finch" a novel by George Plimpton
"The Movement And The Sixties: Protest In America From Greensboro To Wounded Knee" by Terry H. Anderson
"The Essays of A. J. Muste" Edited by Nat Hentoff
"On the Natural History Of Destruction" by W. G. Sebald
"Mescal And Mechanisms Of Hallucinations" by Heinrich Kluver
"The Gentleman In The Parlour" A Record Of Journey From Rangoon To Haiphong by W. Somerset Maugham
"Introducing Foucault" by Chris Horrocks & Zoran Jevtic
"Baltasar and Blimunda" a novel by Jose Saramago [Translated from the Portuguese by Giovanni Pontiero]
"Bluesman" a novel by Andre Dubus III
"Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The End Of The World" a novel by Haruki Murakami
"Once In Europa" stories by John Berger
"Trust" a novel by Cynthia Ozick
"World Of Wonders" a novel by Robertson Davies
"Mr. Vertigo" a novel by Paul Auster
"Sigmund Freud" a series of drawings by Ray Steadman
"For Your Eye Alone: Letters 1976-1995" by Robertson Davies
"The Life of Ezra Pound" a biography by Noel Stock
Les Fleurs du Mal" by Charles Baudelaire [The new translation by Richard Howard]
"Hilaire Belloc: An Anthology of his Prose and Verse" Selected by W. N. Roughead
"Fabulous Voyager: James Joyce's Ulysses" by Richard M. Kain
"Pictures Of Fidelman" a novel by Bernard Malamud
"The Emperor: Downfall Of An Autocrat" by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"The Time of the Assassins: A Study of Rimbaud" by Henry Miller
"The Campaign" a novel by Carlos Fuentes [Translated By Alfred Mac Adam]
"Tragic Sense Of Life" philosophy by Miguel De Unamuno [With An Introduction By Steven Schroeder And Translated By J. E. Crawford Flitch]
"The Rachel Papers" a novel by Martin Amis
"The Go-Between" a novel by L. P. Hartley
"'76 One World and The Cantos of Ezra Pound" by Forrest Read
"The Power Of Myth" by Joseph Campbell
"The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology" by Joseph Campbell
"The Masks of God: Creative Mythology" by Joseph Campbell
"The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology" by Joseph Campbell
"The Defense" a novel by Vladimir Nabokov
"Mary" a novel by Vladimir Nabokov
"Visiting Mrs. Nabokov and Other Excursions" by Martin Amis
"Mind of the Raven: Investigations And Adventures With Wolf-Birds" by Bernd Heinrich
"The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception" by Michael Foucault
"Stanley And The Women" a novel by Kingsley Amis
"Happy Alchemy: Writings on the Theatre and Other Lively Arts" by Robertson Davies
"Henry James & H. G. Wells: A Record of their Friendship their Debate on the Art of Fiction and their Quarrel" Edited with an Introduction by Leon Edel and Gordon N. Ray
"Satires And Personal Writings " by Jonathan Swift
"Complete Poems 1913-1962" E. E. Cummings
"Selected Stories" by Alice Munro
"Benton, Pollock, And The Politics Of Modernism-From Regionalism To Abstract Expressionism" by Erika Doss
"1919 The Year Our World Began" by William K. Klingaman
"Collected Poems 1908-1956" Siegfried Sassoon
"Wigs on the Green" a novel by Nancy Mitford
"Reading Pound Reading: Modernism After Nietzsche" by Kathryne V. Lindberg
"The Poetry And Prose Of Heinrich Heine" Selected And Edited With An Introduction by Frederic Ewen
"Papers of Samuel Marchbanks" by Robertson Davies
"Forewords & Afterwords" by W. H. Auden
"The Encyclopedia of New England" Edited by Burt Feintuch & David H. Watters
"After Henry" essays by Joan Didion
"Fifth Business" a novel by Robertson Davies
"Bitter Lemons" travel by Lawrence Durrell
"The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath" Edited and with an Introduction by Kenzaburo Oe
"Jackson Pollock: Meaning And Significance" by Claude Cernuschi
"Ronsard" by D. B. Wyndham Lewis
"Nabokov: His Life in Art" by Andrew Field
"A Life In Our Times" A Memoir by John Kenneth Galbraith
"Freud: Conflict and Culture" Essays on his life, work, and legacy Edited by Michael S. Roth
"The World Of Lawrence: A Passionate Appreciation" by Henry Miller
"Paula" A Memoir by Isabel Allende
"A Glimpse Of Sion's Glory: Puritan Radicalism In New England 1620-1600" by Philip F. Gura (I recently read Gura's book, "Truth's Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel". I highly recommend Gura's book, "American Transcendentalism: A History".)
"Arthur & George" A Novel by Julian Barnes
"O Lost: A Story of the Buried Life" novel by Thomas Wolfe
"Tabloid City" a novel by Peter Hamill
"Generosity: An Enhancement" a novel by Richard Powers
"Critical Essays on Henry Miller" Edited by Ronald Gottesman
"The Future of The Past" by Alexander Stille
"C" a novel by Tom McCarthy
"The Lay Of The Love And Death Cornet Christopher Rilke" poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke [Translation By M.D. Herter Norton]
"Amsterdam" a novel by Ian McEwan
"Memoirs of a Beatnik" by Diane di Prima
"The thing about life is that one day you'll be dead" by David Shields
"Emilio's Carnival" a novel by Italo Svevo [A New Translation By Beth Archer Brombert]
"The Hermit" a novel by Eugene Ionesco
"Where Shall Wisdom Be Founds" essays by Harold Bloom
"Shad Of Shahs" biography by Ryszard Kapuscinski
"The Conquest Of A Continent: Siberia And The Russians" by W. Bruce Lincoln
"At Home and Abroad" travel by V. S. Pritchett
"Red Scare: A Study in National Hysteria, 1919-1920" by Robert K. Murray
"Snobbery: The American Version" by Joseph Epstein
"The Painter of Battles" a novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
"Closing Arguments" a novel by Frederick Busch
"Taft" a novel by Ann Patchett
"Undue Influence" a novel by Anita Brookner
"The Humbling" a novel by Philip Roth
"Solstice" a novel by Joyce Carol Oates
"Nice Work" a novel by David Lodge
"Four Short Stories" by W. Somerset Maugham
"House Of Splendid Isolation" a novel by Edna O'Brien
"My Dream Of You" a novel by Nuala O'Faolain
"The Suicide Run: Five Tales Of The Marine Corps" by William Styron
"Kerouac at the "Wild Boar"" compiled by John Montgomery
"Doctor Fischer Of Geneva Or The Bomb Party" a novel by Graham Greene
"The Unhurrying Chase" by H. F. M. Prescott
"A High Wind In Jamaica" a novel by Richard Hughes
"Tenth of December" stories by George Saunders
"The Position" a novel by Meg Wolitzer
"Outlaw Journalist: The Life And Times Of Hunter S. Thompson" biography by William McKeen
"Nixon And Kissinger: Partners In Power" by Robert Dallek
"The Welsh Girl" a novel by Peter Ho Davies
"The Haight-Ashbury: A History" by Charles Perry
"John Kenneth Galbraith: His Life, His Politics, His Economics" biography by Richard Parker
"Working The Room" Essays by Geoff Dyer
"The Believers" a novel by Zoe Heller
"The Bradshaw Variations" a novel by Rachel Cusk
"Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World The Slaves Made" by Eugene D. Genovese
  • Current Music
    the Afghan Whigs 'Do To The Beast'

At The Cross

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
[originally, For such a worm as I?]


At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.

"[5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
[6] Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." 1 Tim 2:5,6
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

the final defeat of evil kingdoms

It is now in the flow 12:29 PM Friday afternoon. I am down in the lower level writing on my newest lap top computer. I am not sure why I came down here. I was thinking of taking a nap, but now I am not in the mood. Yesterday I laid down for a short nap during the mid afternoon hours. When it is cold and dreary outside I tend to want to doze.

Carol got home from work late and went to bed around 10:59 AM. When she got home this morning I was on the phone talking to brother Tim (Tim is a spiritual brother not a blood brother.)

I have been wandering the house today and reading a book titled, "Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery" by G. K. Beale & Benjamin L. Gladd.

Not much else to report this afternoon. Well I suppose I will close to drift.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" Matthew 11:28-30
  • Current Mood
    contemplative contemplative

the throne of God

It is 8:58 PM Friday night in the life flow. We are all going down the River of Life. I think of these words of God, "And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb" Rev 22:1.

I am right now sitting in our living room visiting Africa and listening to music. Carol my dear sweet wife is making Mexican soup. She has only slept four hours today so she is really wasted.

This evening Carol and I went grocery shopping. The grocery store was packed and we did not get home till 6:45 PM. It was a cold rainy day here today in West Michigan. It is going to snow next week here.

Today I did take a nap during the afternoon hours. When I heard Carol getting up I got up. The time was then 3:25 PM in the afternoon when I heard my wife getting out of bed to face life in America. We can not escape the world and all its sorrows.

The last book I sought to read today was titled, "Reappraisals: Reflections On The Forgotten Twentieth Century" essays by Tony Judt. I have been reading in this book chapter IV 'Hannah Arendt and Evil'. I collect the writings of Hannah Arendt.

So the day went by normal for us. Tomorrow I volunteer at the Herrick Public Library used books store from 10 o'clock AM till 1 PM. I will come home after that and watch college football.

This evening before going grocery shopping we skyped Beth and Louisa. Louisa always brings joy to her Nannie and Papa.

Well not much else to report this evening. Existence keeps flowing by.
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    Aphex Twin "Syro"