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by duszek
Wed May 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

You could lie down on the grass and let a friend tell you the story of Rabbit.

I am joining a group for "shared reading" this coming Saturday. Hopefully we will have something to share. :lol: :lol:
by duszek
Wed May 15, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: Why is English the wordiest language?
Replies: 31
Views: 5905

Re: Why is English the wordiest language?

The number of speakers is growing constantly and thus new words are created and spread. Bestseller writers contribute to it. James Patterson said that someone hightailed the street or to the other side of the street. Probably a comparison to a cat crossing the street with its tail high. Could a cat ...
by duszek
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

Both Holden and Rabbit tried hard to preserve their souls in a phoney world they happened to be thrown into. I don´t insist on the the term "soul", I use it temporarily. Holden had no concept what to do, how to escape. He only imagined a state in which he would be fine: cathing kids playing in a fie...
by duszek
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

It´s really a special book, yes. Another one, that has a similar effect on me and that I read now is "Rabbit, Run" by John Updike. I don´t know how it ends yet, I take my time. I learn a lot about a certain generation of American society in Pensylvania. What was it exactly that pushed you towards bo...
by duszek
Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Political Philosophy
Topic: Rebuilding Notre Dame vs. Helping the Poor
Replies: 31
Views: 3443

Re: Rebuilding Notre Dame vs. Helping the Poor

How about paying unemployed poor for restoring the Cathedral ?

Carrying buckets of dirt is an easy job even for drug addicts and alcoholics.

The craftsmen would do the artistic parts, of course.
by duszek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What is a lie?
Replies: 22
Views: 2710

Re: What is a lie?

Sometimes you can try to tell a lie and tell the truth by mistake ... :lol:
by duszek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: What is a lie?
Replies: 22
Views: 2710

Re: What is a lie?

As far as promising goes we can only say if we have an honest and sincere intention of doing something. If I say: I will buy a bag of apples for you on my way home, and know that I cannot possibly do it or because I don´t want to do it, then this is a lie. If I go to the shop and slip on a banana sk...
by duszek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Dreams
Replies: 16
Views: 1583

Re: Dreams

I slide down on a snowy slope, trying to catch a little fir tree or a branch and thus get to a stop. But no, I slide down to the very bottom of the high mountain and .... I am relieved that I did not hurt myself. :lol: The dream goes on, this is just a fragmant. Now Mr. Freud, how do you explain my ...
by duszek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

Being a phoney is a way of life to some of us.

If you don´t suffer phoneys gladly you are doomed.
by duszek
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: What Book Changed Your Mind?
Replies: 217
Views: 30582

Re: What Book Changed Your Mind?

"Running the Amazon" by Joe Kane has been changing my mind a little for quite a time now.

It´s a report of an expedition.

What I still don´t understand: why do reasonable men do dangerous things and endure hardships voluntarily ? The instinct of self-preservation should stop them but it does not.
by duszek
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

Anglo-Saxons have a tradition of drama and theatre plays so being a phoney is a kind of game to them. Being natural is simply a pose (said Oscar Wilde). Speaking one´s mind is bad manners.
by duszek
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

novels in textspeak will be double plus good -Imp Texts reflecting everyday imperfect speach are particulary appreciated by you ? Was this, (a reflection of an imperfect text), intentional? I am not always sure if I understand Mr. Impenitent correctly. So I sometimes offer a paraphrase and ask if h...
by duszek
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

It must be possible to enjoy being a phoney.
Otherwise not so many people would do it all the time.
by duszek
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: The Catcher in the Rye
Replies: 19
Views: 4077

Re: The Catcher in the Rye

Cornholing ? Holden remembers wrongly a line by Robert Burns which is: "When a body meet a body in the rye ... " Holden remembers it as: When a body catch a body in the rye ... He imagines himself hiding in a field of rye while children are playing in it. The field ends close to a clip and so when a...
by duszek
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Why is pride a sin?
Replies: 58
Views: 4092

Re: Why is pride a sin?

When you feel proud of something you celebrate your own greatness. "It´s me who did this. Am I not a wonderful guy ? I am and I love myself for it." This is dangerous and can lead to a slip in the very near future. How can I enjoy a personal achievement in a healthy way then ? Perhaps without discus...