Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #77

Updated to add comments about my interest in each item due to popular demand.

Last week I posted pictures of our new library building. A year ago my blog posts were preoccupied by the impending closure of our entire county library system for lack of funds. Since today I am preoccupied by the slew of items I must return to the library tomorrow which I'm not finished with I'm just going to list 13 of them for this week's TT.

And while I'm at it, remind you to: Love Your Local Library.



Thirteen Items Due Today That I'm Not Finished With Yet


1. Title : The voices of time; a cooperative survey of man's views of time as expressed by the sciences and by the humanities
Author : Fraser, J. T. (Julius Thomas), 1923-
Publisher, Date : New York, G. Braziller [1966]
Description : xxv, 710 p.
My Interest: research for my novel Spring Fever in which time and seasons are major themes.

2. Title : Man and time
Author : Priestley, J. B. (John Boynton), 1894-
Publisher, Date : [New York] Crescent Books [c1964]
Description : 319 p.
My Interest: research for my novel Spring Fever

3. Title : Being and time.
Author : Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
Publisher, Date : New York, Harper 1962
Description : 589 p.
My Interest: research for my novel Spring Fever. Or at least that is why I sent for it but it's way deeper than I was prepared for. It is formal philosophy which I was wading through one paragraph at a time at the rate of three or four pages per hour. I don't know how much use it is actually going to be for the novel background but I find the concepts fascinating. When I get them. I've long had an interest in the metaphysical side of philosophy.

4. Title : The holotropic mind : the three levels of human consciousness and how they shape our lives
Author : Grof, Stanislav, 1931-
Publisher, Date : San Francisco, CA : HarperSanFrancisco a division of Harper/Collins, c1993.
Description : xi, 240 p.
My Interest: a personal interest in just what consciousness is. I've been reading on this topic for over twenty years.

5. Title : Everyday grace : having hope, finding forgiveness, and making miracles
Author : Williamson, Marianne, 1952-
Publisher, Date : New York : Riverhead Books, 2002.
Description : 252 p.
My Interest: related to my spiritual quest.

6. Title : The fabric of the cosmos : space, time, and the texture of reality
Author : Greene, B. (Brian), 1963-
Publisher, Date : New York : A.A. Knopf, 2004.
Description : xii, 569 p.
My Interest: my interest in cosmology is as strong though older than my interest in consciousness. The theories that fascinate me the most are those that seem to indicate that cosmology and consciousness are as tightly intertwined as space and time or energy and mater.

7. Title : The gift of change : spiritual guidance for a radically new life
Author : Williamson, Marianne, 1952-
Publisher, Date : San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, c2004.
Description : x, 257 p.
My Interest: re my spiritual quest.

8. Title : The dance of the dissident daughter : a woman's journey from Christian tradition to the sacred feminine
Author : Kidd, Sue Monk.
Publisher, Date : [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c2002.
Description : xii, 238 p.
My Interest: re my spiritual quest and research for my Fruits of the Spirit story world. Like myself and several of my FOS characters, Sue Monk Kidd and David James Duncan (#9) came out of fundamentalist churches and reinvented their relationship to the sacred.

9. Title : God laughs & plays : churchless sermons in response to the preachments of the fundamentalist right
Author : Duncan, David James.
Publisher, Date : Great Barrington, Mass. : Triad Institute, c2006.
Description : 231 p.
My Interest: see #8. Duncan's novel, The River Why was a huge help to me while I was in the midst of my own self-extracting from the fundamentalist mindset I was raised in.

10. Title : The weather makers : how man is changing the climate and what it means for life on Earth
Author : Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof), 1956-
Publisher, Date : New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2005.
Description : xv, 357 p.
My Interest: to be informed on one of the most important issues facing our generation and impacting local, national and global policy, politics and lifestyles.

11. Title : The great turning : from empire to Earth community
Author : Korten, David C.
Publisher, Date : San Francisco, CA : Berrett-Koehler ; Bloomfield, CT : Kumarian Press, c2006.
Description : xi, 402 p.
My Interest: Korten has been one of my goto guy's for economic insight ever since I began a formal study of economics in 2001 after Ed lost his dot.com job. There is nothing like loosing a job and becoming homeless to get you interested in economics. (Yeah, my response to crisis and catastrophe is often to go to the library. I continued to use the library in Sunnyvale while we lived on the streets of the Silicon Valley for two weeks in August of 2001. Sometimes I was pulling a wheeled backpack full of books and other times Ed was wearing it while I pulled the luggage cart with our cats Gremlyn and Merlin in their crates.)

Korton caught my attention at first because his name was the same as the family-run music and appliance store in my home town of Longview, Washington where my clarinet was bought as I entered 6th grade and a few years later I bought my LP of William Shatner's The Transformed Man. I was even more intrigued to discover he was a son of the family and had grown up in Longview and then chose a life in government service instead of returning to work in the family business. He worked for decades in agencies trying to implement the policies of the World Bank and IMF in third-world countries until he lost confidence in their long-term effectiveness. He is co-founder and chair of Positive Futures Network which publishes the quarterly magazine Yes!

12. Title: War and peace [videorecording (DVD)]
3 videodiscs (403 min.)
Originally produced in 1967 by Mosfilm. Sergei Bondarchu director
1968 Oscar Win for Best Foreign Language Film
My Interest: I loved Tolstoy so much that I studied Russian in college for two years solely in hopes of learning to read Anna Karena and War and Peace in Russian. I was excited to discover this in our library system but just couldn't seem to find a seven hour block of time in which to watch it. Next time I send for it I won't try to find the time to watch it all at once.

13. Title: The Mahabharata [videorecording (DVD)]
2 videodiscs (325 min.)
Peter Brook wrote screenplay and directed this adaptation of the play by Jean-Claude Carrière.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1989
My Interest: the Mahabharata is part of the Hindu mythology which contains some of the oldest stories with deep roots in both western and eastern cultures. Mention of it has popped up in several areas of my research including comparative mythology, comparative religion, psychology, archetype studies, history and more. Again, I tried to find a block of time big enough to watch it all at once. Just isn't reasonable for anything much longer than two hours.




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Pretty Life Online 3/13/2008 1:43 AM  

Happy TT! Hope You'll visit mine too.

Susan Helene Gottfried 3/13/2008 4:59 AM  

That's an interesting list, girlfriend. What are you planning to do with all that?

susiej 3/13/2008 5:23 AM  

I'm with Susan, what are you going to do with all that?

MomOnTheGo 3/13/2008 5:54 AM  

You're not done with the books on "time"? There's irony in there somewhere ;+) I'm glad you participated in TT this week and that I followed your link. Your blog will be a welcome addition to my feeds.

Jenny 3/13/2008 11:34 AM  

I love my local library! We just moved to town a few months ago and live only a block away. I don't think most people realize how much libraries offer these days, it's amazing! Happy TT!

Nicholas 3/13/2008 5:36 PM  

It’s ages since I read anything by J.B. Priestley. Your list serves as a reminder to me to rediscover his work.

Ann 3/13/2008 7:32 PM  

Interesting list. So what are you going to do with those? Can you tell us? Have a great weekend.

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