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Great Books of the Western World

Still making progress with the ten year reading plan. April’s selections were St. Augustine’s Confessions and Machievelli’s The Prince.

Confessions was a real pain and both translations I had were equally unreadable. One of my friends is also reading through the list and he was unable to finish Confessions, and he had a modern translation. I’m glad I read it but it was a real struggle.

As for The Prince, well, I really wish it had been on Donald Rumsfeld’s reading stand circa 2002. There is a passage which word for word could be used to describe how Iraq’s occupation should have been handled (which would have resulted in far fewer civilian and military deaths).

Up next: Gargantua and Pantagruel


Personal Update

-So far I’ve received nothing but positive reviews on the Burger Tour. And I take them seriously as my friends are normally cruel and unjust nihilists. I sold every copy of the tour I had so if you want a copy you’re going to have to get it online.

-“Iron Man” was enjoyable but a bit formulaic. I tire of the anti-corporate message in so many films. Robert Downey Jr. was good, Gwyneth Paltrow was unnecessary (I would have preferred any unknown actress over Paltrow in the role of Pepper Potts) and I’m not sure what to think of the final battle scene (fat man vs. thin man). The special effects technology is so incredible now but a good movie is still about a story, and Iron Man really isn’t that great a story.

-Kudos to The Nightwriter for putting up with my vulgar and profane friends in order to pick up a copy of the tour.

-El Dos de Mayo was fairly tame this year, I enjoyed it but there wasn’t a lot of crazy shenanigans.

-I have written three baseball columns analyzing the Twins April (at the end of which the Twins were sitting atop the AL Central. They’re available at the Bleacher Report.

-The blog moves over to WordPress soon, June 1st.

-And welcome back King, I’ll just say it’s about time. The things some guys do to get out of blogging for a week.

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