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amandell

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    jewish-<br>refugee from religous certainties-<br>still drawn to jesus, where else?-<br>wife and three kids too wonderful to not be terrified by mortality-<br>lived at jpusa commune 18 years-<br>wrote for cornerstone for a while, some good some poor lots to learn-<br>sang and wrote for ballydowse-<br>anarchist but secret admirer of the occasional queen or constitution writer-<br>worked with prison abolitionist Richard Korn-<br>went on sanctions breaking trip to Iraq-<br>found unbelievers like true brothers and sisters that made hell an impossible idea-<br>left commune and now miss mikeh and other friends-<br>traded mike h for german shepherd (no dogs in commune)<br>german shepherd is cuter than mike but fails to understand the link between Lewis. Cassirer, and Barfield as Mike does-<br>love wife and kids-<br>restoring old homes and awaiting a chance to write again though have less to say each day-<br>reshuffle ideas everyday-<br>rebuild them everynight<br><br><br>

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    restore old homes
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    what is an avatar?
  • Favorite movies
    war of the buttons manon of the spring the mission salem's lot la femme nikita(sp?) germinal the miserables (the one where a jew hiding from the germans reads his savior hugo's great story) Aliens 2 and 3 the little princess road warrior outlaw jose wales i really like films about the polish ghetto uprising
  • Favorite music
    angelic upstarts oysterband peter gabriel sam phillips tori amos dylan from desire on bruce cockburn from trouble with normal on shellac the dirty three klezmer that is on the crusty gypsy side not jazzy solace karen casey midnight oil eminem strongarm snapcase ballydowse live only alot of international stuff
  • Favorite creative writing
    I am really into Jacques Ellul and Hannah Arendt pretty much any work Also the poetry of Paul Celan Albert Camus' Combat stuff, Resistance,Rebellion, and Death and of course the Plague.Also his plays esp. Caligula and State of Siege Can do without everything before the Fall DeRougemont's The Devil's Share Les Mis. and Notre Dam by Hugo Most Inkling stuff Orwell and Chesterton Strangely Christopher Hitchens though I don't agree often Elie Wiesel - his novels- his political essays I don't care for Lilith NT Wright Walter Benjamin Karl Jaspers
  1. hello just curious here are those expressing skepticism regarding Darwinism speaking of the alledged mechanism for or the very idea of common descent? Common descent seems an awfully good bet from here..... from whales with hips to matching retrovirus inserts in higher primates to the very weight of the fossil records progression.....
  2. Ellul is one of my favorites. The best titles are available on half.com or used book finder He writes in two veins if you are just begining. An excellent intro would be either What I Believe or In Season/Out of Season Then you will find two threads sociology and theology Sociology Most start with Technological Society but it is a bit dated and unless it really grabs you it might be better to start with Autopsy of Revolution or Betrayal of the West. TS is vital to getting Ellul but some never make it past the slog. From there the other two of his soc. greats are Political Illusion and Propaganda. Theology The Presence of the Kingdom and the Subversion of Christianity are good foundations in Ellul. Meaning of the City is also a fine intro. Ellul sometimes uses overstatement that he balances in another work and rarely repeats himself so you must read many of his works before he comes clear. After a few the Ethics of Freedom will be seem more balanced than if you start there. But chucking these suggestions and reading what grabs you is good also. My favorites are Anarchy and Christianity and the Betrayal of the West. Sadly only 30 of his fifty works are in english and I can't read french. Simone Weil is very excellent though I only resonate with her political stuff. Probably you have read it but if not grab her Iliad Poem of Force essay. Very timely. Her political stuff is available in a few collections thought the titles escape me. Probably something imaginative like SIMONE WEIL A Collection of Essays Along with Ellul, Hannah Arendt is a great one. I also can't keep from rereading Camus' stuff from Combat (available in Between Hell and Reason) and Resistance,Rebellion, and Death. His approach to Algiers and the violence there is also very timely. Would love to start an Ellul thread to talk if interested. Only Nouwen I remember loving was the Way of the Heart.(about the wisdom of the desert fathers)
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