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Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:16 PM

If you are not watching 'Jake Tapper Ruins The Debates'

like I'm not and you're not tied down to a computer screen or cell phone, what new or favorite book title is your choice for this evening?

Myself, I'm taking a walk down the path of the seen and unseen by rereading the English translation of Morning Of The Magicians by Louis Pauwels†and Jacques Bergier. If you have never read this classic tome of fortian knowledge, mysticism and Pseudoscience you should find a copy to read right away.

What's your paper poison tonight?


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Reply If you are not watching 'Jake Tapper Ruins The Debates' (Original post)
revmclaren Jul 2019 OP
NRaleighLiberal Jul 2019 #1
True Dough Jul 2019 #2
NRaleighLiberal Jul 2019 #9
True Dough Jul 2019 #11
revmclaren Jul 2019 #4
revmclaren Jul 2019 #5
RockRaven Jul 2019 #3
revmclaren Jul 2019 #6
pangaia Jul 2019 #7
NRaleighLiberal Jul 2019 #10
pangaia Jul 2019 #12
NRaleighLiberal Jul 2019 #13
pangaia Jul 2019 #14
NRaleighLiberal Jul 2019 #15
pangaia Jul 2019 #17
Adsos Letter Jul 2019 #8
zanana1 Jul 2019 #16

Response to revmclaren (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:18 PM

1. snacking, kitty on my lap, Red Sox on my laptop - life is good!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:21 PM

2. Trailing the Rays while 9 games back of the Yankees

Life could be better!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:36 PM

9. well, last year is making this year a bit less stressful!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:39 PM

11. Okay.

Enjoy 2018!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:25 PM

4. That's good too...

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:25 PM

5. Nice.

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Response to revmclaren (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:23 PM

3. 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline

I just started -- genuinely, not a half dozen pages into it -- so I cannot comment on the quality of the information therein nor the narrative structure yet.

But the Late Bronze Age collapse sounds very interesting, so I've got high expectations.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:28 PM

6. In some ways, it's too bad we got to the iron age.

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Response to revmclaren (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:29 PM

7. practicing the vibe part to the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.



ba DUU ba duu baaaaa..

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Response to pangaia (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:37 PM

10. Bernstein - what a genius. Just an amazing score.

And he and I share the same favorite composer - Mahler!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:09 AM

12. Me too.

Well, mahler and beethoven



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Response to pangaia (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:12 AM

13. Add Shostakovich too!

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:14 AM

14. Yup.

Looks like we are on the same page.

Do you know his Viola Sonata?

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Response to pangaia (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 12:28 AM

15. No..will give it a listen. 4th Symphony is a favorite work of mine

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 10:14 AM

17. The viola sonata was, I believe, the last piece he wrote. really special...

I have never played the 4th... have played, 1,5,7,10.
I played the 7th symphony under his son Maxim in.. about 1982-3.

Shostakovich's life was so, so difficult. I don;t know how he kept on...

There is a really wondeful book- "Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich"

Absolutely riveting...!!

The first time I was in Leningrad (and in Jan.,1984 it was still Leningrad) was also the 1st time I attended a concert at the Leningrad Philharmonie, across the street from the then Europskaya Hotel-now the Belmonde Grand, I believe. THIS was the hall where the 7th Symphony was first performed in the Soviet Union and it is this concert and all that led up to it, that the book is about. This night the Leningrad Philharmonic played the 5th Symphony... I felt then that it was the greatest orchestra I had ever heard...the stories were certainly possibly true...

I met the percussionists after the concert. There were 7 of us all told-4 Russians and 3 Americans. We carefully snuck into my room across the street. One of the Russians, with whom I am still in touch, told me to go to the 'dollar bar" (There was also the 'ruble bar.) and buy vodka. I asked, 'how many bottles?" he said, well, there are seven of us, so get seven!" I did just that. We finished all seven bottles..and I still have the photo to prove it.

A couple years ago the St Petersburg Philharmonic toured the US. I went to one of the concerts at which they played the 5th Symphony. Again, I went out with the percussionists afterwards. Of course they were all newer members of the orchestra, but they all remembered my friend from decades ago. I called my friend, who is now living in the UK, put him on speaker phone...We all drank to Russia- the aspects of Russia we all love- to my friend and to Shostakovich. We, of course, drank Stoli... It was a very special evening.


Oh, when I left Leningrad back in 1984, I also smuggled some music out from a composer acquaintance, but that is another story...

If you are interested, there is a Shostakovich 'group' on FB- "DSCH Shostakovich Journal"








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Response to revmclaren (Original post)

Tue Jul 30, 2019, 10:33 PM

8. "Apocalypse, Revolution, and Terrorism" by Jeffrey Kaplan

I majored in History in college, with a focus on Apocalyptic Studies. This work was just released this year, so I am reading more out of a sense of duty than anything else.

Kaplanís work really could have used another proofreading.

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Response to revmclaren (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2019, 08:30 AM

16. FASCISM: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Fun reading.

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