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Currently Reading...

So in relation to my post about e-readers, with an important footnote about the irreplaceability of the printed page, here is my current reading lineup, for whoever may be interested. These works are a mix of research reading (read, mainly, preparation for comprehensive exams) and whimsical reading (read, I bumped into the book and decided to try it out): 

Apollinaire, Guillaume. Alcools : Poèmes 1898-1913.
Baudelaire, Charles. Les fleurs du mal.
Brunner, Emil. Our Faith.
Crystal, David. Txtng: The Gr8 Db8.
Vanhoozer, Kevin J. Is There a Meaning in This Text?
Williamson, Mabel. Have We No Rights?
Print reading
Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction.
Furuya, Yasuyo. A History of Japanese Theology.
Jeremiah (the book in the Bible).
Mahfouz, Naguib. The Cairo Trilogy.
Raymond, Marcel. De Baudelaire au surréalisme.


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今週初めて黒澤明の『隠し砦の三悪人』という映画を見ました。この三悪人とは、だれですか? 三船敏郎が演じる真壁六郎太(まかべろくたろう)と二人の百姓です。この3人の登場人物の関係はとても面白くて、全ての人間の弱さも愛される性質も示します。