psycheinaboat is currently reading Grammar Devotional.
I’m 35 years old, female, from the United States. I’ve been a DailyLit member since February 03, 2007. My reading interests include Classic Fiction, Russian Literature, Poetry, and Folktales.
- Grammar Devotional 100% complete
- Varieties of Religious Experience finished
- Famous Modern Ghost Stories finished
- Hell-Heaven finished
- 30 Stories in 30 Days finished
- Madame de Staël finished
- Daisy Miller finished
- America's Greatest Hits finished
- The Black Cat finished
- The Hunting of the Snark finished
- Burn This Book finished
- Poems finished
- The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus finished
- Madame Bovary finished
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button finished
- The Cask of Amontillado finished
- The Jelly-Bean finished
- Wikipedia Tour: Greek Mythology finished
- Wikipedia Tour: Wonders of the World finished
- Wikipedia Tour: Major World Religions finished
- The Beautiful and Damned finished
- Three Short Stories finished
- Tao Te Ching finished
- The Children of the Night finished
- The Tempest finished
- Poems Every Child Should Know finished
- Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions finished
- Wikipedia Tour: The Grand Tour suspended
- The Dead suspended
- Bulfinch's Mythology suspended
- Little Brother suspended
- Paradise Lost suspended
- The Black Monk unread
- The Mill on the Floss unread
- Jane Eyre unread
- Silas Marner unread
- The Minister's Black Veil unread
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- Grimm's Fairy Tales unread
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- A Simple Soul unread
I have enjoyed the Wikipedia tours organized and offered here on DailyLit. A tour of the canonized Saints could be very interesting for believers and nonbelievers alike.
I am still reading, but I am enjoying 'The Grand Tour' very much.
I echo many of the comments here. 'The Bro K' is one of my favorite books of all time.
William Faulkner is my favorite American author.
Well worth looking at. Reading excerpts made me want to buy the book.
We claim to celebrate those who are gifted, but what happens when brilliance surpasses the norm and becomes “weird”? Chekhov explores this question in The Black Monk.
In middle school I discovered Jane Austen's books and read them, but "Wuthering Heights" and "Madame Bovary" in high school stand out in my mind as the first of my mature reading. It's like Austen was my harmless gateway drug.
I love fairy/folk tales. "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" is one of my favorites as is "Bluebeard." Giambattista Basile's "Stories from Pentamerone" are some of the oldest, predating Grimms'. Basile offers one of the oldest versions of Sleeping Beauty.
Yesterday was Thomas Stearns Eliot's birthday!
You can read Eliot's poetry through DailyLit and look for "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock" to mark off the years. Eliot wrote it at the ripe age of 29.
Nothing to be sorry about at all. Thanks!
A long time ago I requested that the poetry of L.E.L. be added to the site, and while I hate to ask again, I would still love to see her work here. I would sign up immediately to read her stuff.
There seem to be more employees working on the site now, so maybe I will get lucky?!
I am currently reading Middlemarch and it is keeping my interest though I do not like it nearly as much as Eliot’s other novel, The Mill on the Floss.
Much of Middlemarch seems satirical to me. Has anyone else read this book? What do you think?
I am reading and enjoying this right now. Some notable poets and memorable poems are offered in this anthology.
I do wonder if many of these poems are of the lesser known variety because I have read many of the authors for years and have never found these treasures before.
As I skim the Tao, I realize that many of the ideas expressed have stayed with me even as I have forgotten about reading them. However, in my very Western life, I have no idea how I would incorporate most of these concepts or if I would even want to. I think Taoism may be a lot like Communism in that it looks good on paper, but is hard to bring rightly to human society.
I would also imagine that the life of a staunch Taoist has its own complications and problems. Just as poverty has a different set of problems than wealth, there are still problems that come with any human lifestyle.
After rereading portions of the Tao-Te-Ching I feel that overall there is a promotion of detachment and simplicity. You used an example from The Pearl, so I will go with that.
In The Pearl, in my opinion, Steinbeck was pointing out the problems that come with progress, namely that material gain brings greed and corruption. In the Tao, I feel that Lao-Tzu is in many ways offering guidance to avoid such problems. The teachings support cutting the tethers that tie us to this world, to not even dwell too much on the material world in our contemplation, to be as flexible and calm as the Taoist vinegar taster who smiles at whatever flavor life brings to his mouth.
It would be great if this site offered the poetry of Letitia Elizabeth Landon in email supplements. She is very much underrated in my opinion.
I remember Dorian really enjoying witnessing the picture as it became more grotesque. I think it takes a certain type of person to relish in self decay as well as sadism. Perhaps, Dorian was weak and that allowed him to be lured into evil. I think you are right that not everyone would have the same temptation, but perhaps we would all go “astray” in our own special way… I dare say many of us probably would.
A friend of mine read the Tao the same time I did and we had a discussion something like this. She felt that parts of the teaching promoted laziness, both mental and physical. I do understand what you mean.
I'll reread parts of my copy this weekend and come back for more discussion.
It has been a while since I read the Tao, but I found that it seemed (to me anyway) to encourage detachment more than to promote ignorance.