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14 June 2017 @ 09:10 pm
Reading, Listening, Watching  
Reading: Crime and Punishment - I've just finished chapter 2. This could take a while.

Listening: Of late, I've been frustrated by podcasters' apparent inability to check basic facts. There was the episode of Doctor Who:The Writer's Room in which one of the hosts discussed the trial of James II by parliament (comparing it to the trial of the War Lord in The War Games). Then there was the episode of Podcast Detected on the theme of "What we've learned about the UK by playing Zombies! Run!" which, among other things, discussed the extensive network of government run CCTV cameras that monitor our fields and country roads and the lack of swearing among members of our armed forces.

Watching: Almost exclusively Doctor Who of various forms. Need to find something to vary the diet.

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liadtbunny: Poirot Miss Lemon Radioliadtbunny on June 15th, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
Just a while!

Yeah, I get sick of CCTV on deserted country roads;p
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on June 15th, 2017 06:11 pm (UTC)
I need to re-read Crime and Punishment as I read it about seventeen years ago, when I was probably too young to really understand it. I read The Brothers Karamazov a couple of years ago; that's great, although the ending is weird (it just sort of stops. The book is about 1000 pages long and feels like it stops far too soon).

That's hilarious about the podcasts. Reminds me of the About Time books.
louisedennis: bookslouisedennis on June 16th, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
I have a vague memory of starting The Brothers Karamazov in my teens and abandoning it, though I now don't recall why. I gave up on Anna Karenina (different author, I know, but obviously with many similarities) because I thought Anna was a very silly woman and I didn't have time for her, though I subsequently read and enjoyed War and Peace.
daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on June 16th, 2017 11:40 am (UTC)
I read War and Peace a year or two ago and greatly enjoyed that too. I haven't read Anna Karenina, but one blogger I follow read it a while back and disliked Anna too, although she continued with it because of the supporting characters.

Karamazov is interesting for me because (among other reasons) it's a book about religion by a deeply religious author that gives the best arguments to the atheist Ivan Karamazov (e.g. the famous parable of the Grand Inquisitor, which is as much anti-Catholic as anti-religious, but certainly works as anti-religious). Maybe it comes from being Jewish (incidentally Dostoyevski was violently antisemitic), but I appreciate that arguing with God.

Edited at 2017-06-16 11:41 am (UTC)