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Xander ,'Chosen'


Literary Buffistas 3: Don't Parse the Blurb, Dear.

There's more to life than watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! No. Really, there is! Honestly! Here's a place for Buffistas to come and discuss what it is they're reading, their favorite authors and poets. "Geez. Crack a book sometime."


joe boucher - Feb 25, 2006 12:50:27 pm PST #17 of 27039
I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve. - John Prine

I'm reading a book called "Misquoting Jesus" (too lazy to look up author)

Bart Ehrman. He was interviewed by Leonard Lopate last month (streaming audio or downloadable file) and by Terry Gross in December. I don't remember much about either interview except that in both of them he talked about the "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" story. It's controversial for some reason, but a quick search didn't say why & I haven't had time to relisten.


Jon B. - Feb 25, 2006 1:04:15 pm PST #18 of 27039
A turkey in every toilet -- only in America!

Let me take a wild guess and say it has something to do with how the Religious Right has a habit of judging and seeking to punish those who they believe to be sinners.


Connie Neil - Feb 25, 2006 5:34:25 pm PST #19 of 27039
brillig

I don't remember much about either interview except that in both of them he talked about the "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" story

Because it's not in the oldest manuscript copies of the Gospel, it was apparently a bit of fic that got popular and some scribe thought it should be/was canon and made sure it got copied in.


Kathy A - Feb 26, 2006 8:59:55 am PST #20 of 27039
We're very stretchy. - Connie Neil

So, just like the end of Mark, right? I found it interesting that, in the original, Mark ended with the discovery of the empty tomb, and the words "and they were terrified." Talk about your WTF endings!


§ ita § - Feb 26, 2006 3:03:54 pm PST #21 of 27039
Well not canonically, no, but this is transformative fiction.

Octavia Butler has died.


sumi - Feb 26, 2006 3:26:55 pm PST #22 of 27039
Art Crawl!!!

Frederick Busch has also died this weekend.


Kate P. - Feb 26, 2006 5:25:32 pm PST #23 of 27039
That's the pain / That cuts a straight line down through the heart / We call it love

Octavia Butler has died.

Whoa. She was only 58! And... I mean, she just published a new book. I don't know, it just doesn't seem right for her to die. That's so sad.


Connie Neil - Feb 26, 2006 5:54:09 pm PST #24 of 27039
brillig

So, just like the end of Mark, right?

The end of Mark, chunks of Revelation, the differences between the Gospels, why do some old manuscripts show Jesus as being angry at some points when other manuscripts show Jesus as being compassionate at the same moment. There are a lot of variants.


Steph L. - Feb 27, 2006 6:24:15 am PST #25 of 27039
Without a plan, it turns out, a lot of decisions are really hard. Eliot might actually hate his shrink. Yes, Eliot is getting healthier or whatever, but at what cost? He used to be a mess of scar tissue and substance abuse, but he could get dressed in the morning without an existential crisis.

I'm having a hard time getting through Melusine. I *want* to like it, and the basic premise is enough to make me want to know what happens to the characters, but....150 pages in, and NOTHING KEEPS HAPPENING. It's all

Mildmay: t gritty life of a thief....

Felix: t I am FUCKING NUTS.

Mildmay: t No, REALLY -- gritty life of a thief....

Felix: t Everyone looks like an animal to me. And I see dead people. Did I mention I'm FUCKING NUTS?!?

Plus, the whole system of marking time is so confusing to me that it pulls me right out of the story. I spend about 5 minutes trying to puzzle out what a Great Septad is (I still don't know, though from context I'm assuming it's somewhere between 25 and 50 years), and then I realize I forgot what I just read, and have to go back and re-read it.

I'm serious about wanting to like it -- I really, really do. I want to see what happens, but I'm beginning to suspect that nothing ever will, except the gritty life of a thief and a crazy-ass dude.


beth b - Feb 27, 2006 7:05:03 am PST #26 of 27039
oh joy! Oh Rapture ! I have a brain!

DH read it - but sadly , I'm not sure what he thought of it. When i get his opinion, I'll post it.