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The Unbearable Lightness of Wednesday

Crossposted to Dreamwidth

My wrists are messed up for reasons 99% unrelated to this journal, so this will be a short Wednesday Reading Meme. Regular posting will probably resume next week.

What I've Finished Reading

"Alcibiades I" and "The Symposium," two dialogues by Plato (translated into English), for the Alcibiades Book Club, which is not a real book club, just two people reading a bunch of books with Alcibiades in them. Alcibiades I is funny and charming but The Symposium is brilliant, even before Alcibiades crashes the party with a flower crown to deliver the most beautiful drunken speech about Socrates and throw everything into confusion. It's one of the best drunken speeches I've ever read.

(the origin of the Alcibiades Book Club: last Christmas I started reading Plutarch's life of Alcibiades in a used bookstore and found myself unable to stop)

What I'm Reading Now

Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez, more Catullus, more Girl of the Limberlost

What I Plan to Read Next

Books of some kind! Maybe A Single Man or maybe this very large History of the Peloponnesian War. But first I have to get through a thicket of work.

Comments

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sallymn
Apr. 26th, 2017 07:54 am (UTC)
Ooooh, I have never read Plato - may need to correct that :)
evelyn_b
Apr. 26th, 2017 02:33 pm (UTC)
I haven't read many of the dialogues myself, but Socrates is a treat. He likes to find people who think they know things and ask them seemingly innocent questions to "prove" that they don't. He is a little like Lt. Colombo, if you have seen Colombo, but what he investigates are shaky preconceptions, not murders. And he has an eye for attractive young men.

Symposium is probably stand alone, but you should read another dialogue or two first because if you know what to expect from Socrates it's even better. One of the many great things in Symposium: Socrates describes a time when he was out-Socratesed.
sallymn
Apr. 27th, 2017 09:13 pm (UTC)
I vaguely remember one reader (a historian, I think) saying he admired and enjoyed Socrates, but could totally understand why he annoyed the Athenians into wanting him dead....
liadtbunny
Apr. 26th, 2017 02:23 pm (UTC)
I hope your wrists recover soon!
evelyn_b
Apr. 26th, 2017 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They will be fine, I just need to find a way to rest from too much typing that does not entail more typing.
liadtbunny
Apr. 26th, 2017 02:49 pm (UTC)
Head desk your keys! Oh that won't work well for long;p
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