L: "I've landed in a book club of physicians and psychologists reading Foucault, which is a hoot. History of Madness, of course. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver is next on regular (fiction) book club list....”
L2: "I've been reading Hannah Arendt's Rahel Varnhagen in an attempt to polish as essay to send out. I plan to reread the 2nd and 3rd volumes of Foucault's History of Sexuality for a couple of conference papers. Oh, and the Sookie Stackhouse vampire novels. Hee hee."
D: "I loved The Lacuna. FWIW, I'm reading the latest one by Alan Bradley, who wrote The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, a mystery of sorts whose main character is a 11 year-old girl chemist."
B: “Reading? What's that? The small ones have effectively curtailed my recreational reading - professionally, I just finished reading a collection of one dead guy's writings on the doctrine of Scripture, and am looking over another dead guy's essays on the Reformation, and am trying to get caught up reading past issues of our seminaries' journals.....”
P: "Internet protocol standards documents. It's all I read anymore. I do have a copy of Wittgenstein's Poker sitting on my table, and a James Thurber collection, but the bindings are barely cracked."
S: “I've been reading Mark Twain's irreverent essays and stories, Bart Ehrman's books on Christian origins, and various works of poetry. I'm also reading a book on the history of Afghanistan, and Christopher Hitchens' edited collection of atheist writings.”
It's obvious who is the IT person and who is the minister, but would you hazard a guess on the professions of the others?
One thing you wouldn’t guess from the horror story I shared recently is all the wonderful times we had in graduate school, along with the drudgery and misery. Together on the prairie we wrestled with questions profound and trivial over pizza and beer. "Bob Dylan's Dream" said it best:
I wish, I wish, I wish in vain
That we could sit simply in that room again
Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat
I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that
It would be a dream to be together again! Only--instead of "that room," I'd have, if I could, my philosophy friends gathered here at my old farmhouse, where we would drink wine out by the meadow and once again argue over interpretations of the song "City of New Orleans" (as many interpretations as philosophers in the conversation) as the moon rose over the woods.