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Book 17

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)
  9. Allen, Ted, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (250 pages)
  10. Whittemore, Carroll E., ed. (William Duncan, illus.) — Symbols of the Church (59 pages)
  11. Hardy, Thomas — Jude the Obscure (507 pages)
  12. Lee, Harper — To Kill a Mockingbird (278 pages)
  13. Mann, Thomas (Helen T. Lowe-Porter, transl.) — Death in Venice (73 pages)
  14. Kempis, Thomas à — The Imitation of Christ (165 pages)
  15. West, Canon Edward N. — Outward Signs: The Language of Christian Symbolism (232 pages)
  16. Alexander, Lloyd — The High King (253 pages)
  17. Bellairs, John — St. Fidgeta & Other Parodies (84 pages)

Page count: 4,183 of targeted 12,500.

I suppose as a Catholic I was supposed to find St. Fidgeta & Other Parodies funny, but I didn't. I was hoping to, to contrast with my other, quite sombre reading. The best I can say is that I found a few things amusing.

I think I didn't enjoy it because I couldn't relate. The world and Catholicism are quite different than they were when this book was published in 1966. Certainly, the Catholicism I was raised with and practice doesn't at all resemble the Catholicism that is being parodied in this book. It was like watching an SNL episode from a different generation, where I lack the context to appreciate the parodies.


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Jun. 17th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
Paradigm Shift
Yes, I've suffered several such shifts over the past six decades. Some of the biggies were the Cold War, television content control, the Internet, the racial / sexual Equality movements and the goals of the Republican Party.

One of the funniest comments on this topic was a quote by some comic whose identity escapes me at the moment, as printed in a recent Reader's Digest. He said there used to be some four-letter words you couldn't say in front of a girl; now that you can freely use such language you can't call her a girl any more.
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