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"Everything we read stimulates our mind to think, and what we think determines what we desire, and desires are the seedbed of our actions. Given this iron law of human nature--from reading to thinking, to desiring, to acting--we are shaping our destiny by the ideas we choose to have enter our minds through print." - Fr. John Hardon, S.J., The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

What I'm Reading Now

I know I have that little area to the left of this page where I post what I'm currently reading, but my reading life is much more complicated than that. I am reading Adler's How to Think About the Great Ideas, but I got sidetracked by an organization bug and read David Allen's Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity and Neil Fiore's The Now Habit. Allen's book is fantastic and using his ideas has worked wonders on my desks at school. I haven't really found Fiore's book to be that helpful.

Fortunately, Adler's book lends itself to being read in small chunks. The book is basically a transcription of some TV shows Adler made in the '50s on the Great Ideas. It's great stuff, and reading it gives me the opportunity to think about something other than "Has the dog been fed today?"

I'm also re-"reading" The Lord of the Rings, in a sense. I own the unabridged audio recording of the entire trilogy on CD, and two weeks ago I converted all 46 discs into mp3 format so I could listen to them in the car. It's the first time I've listened this far into the trilogy, and the first time I've "read" it since the Peter Jackson movies came out. Rob Inglis is a superb narrator, though narrator is too mild a word for what he has done. His different voices are perfect, and his narration does not impose a particular interpretation on the listener. I'm currently at "The Bridge of Khazad-dum" and I can't wait for my morning commute tomorrow to listen again.

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