Sunday, September 12, 2004

In case you were wondering ...

... what I've been reading:

So far I've finished the following:
After Eating the Apricot
A Prayer for Owen Meany
The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

This one I'm relishing right now:
The Word in the Desert (... did you know that the rise of the paperback and the initial success of Christianity are intricately linked?! :)

Next in line are Zen & The Birds of Appetite (Merton), A Month of Sundays (Updike) and some of the hot controversial young Chinese feminist writers (... talk about defining a narrow corner of the market ;)

In addition, I'm plodding my way through quite a lot of reading about the 19th century German and Swiss pietistic tradition (Blumhardt/Ragaz/etc.) -- predecessors of Barth, who viewed socialism as the incarnatin of the Kingdom of God. This isn't merely an academic exercise (... although it is that, too, given that I'll be thrown into a seminar on Politics & Theology on these topics 36 hours after I return from Asia ...) but some of my personal, familial background -- my parents are both devout Catholics and actively involved in the Social Democratic Party. That doesn't mean that the reading itself can't get a little dry at times :D

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