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Wednesday June 02, 2004
07:11 AM

Contamination

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Am I contaminated by all the linguists out there? I'm now reading Le vocabulaire des institutions indo-européennes (even without speaking French, the meaning of this title should be obvious to an English speaker), by Emile Benveniste. The piles of books I've read about mythology and history of religions finally led me to this one.
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  • If you have the time, an inquiring mind would like to know what items are in the pile :-)
    • Pretty much the complete works of Georges Dumézil and Claude Levi-Strauss for mythology, history books by Georges Duby, Fernand Braudel, Robert Mandrou, Jacques Le Goff, Mircea Eliade; and for mythology, the sources as well (in a rough chronological order: Homer, Hesiod, Herodotes, Ovid, the Bible, some Upanishads, the Mahabharata, the Fathers of the Church, the Quran, the Edda, the Skaldsparmal, the Kalevala) and I'm forgetting lots. On a less specialized range, the writings on mythology of Freud an
      • Holy fuck that's alot of text :-)
      • It all sounds too ponderous. I advise instead:
        • Dao De Jing
        • Tacitus: Annals of Ancient Rome
        • Lucien Freud: Conversations with Alfred North Whitehead
        • Vidal: Messiah
        • Sampson: Writing Systems
        • Burroughs: Naked Lunch
        • Eco: Search for the Perfect Language
        • Saul: Voltaire's Bastards
        Then go play with some Legos and watch Futurama. I KOMMAND IT!
        • Oops, I forgot science fiction (20th century and all that). So, Bruce Sterling: Schismatrix Plus.
        • Oops2: "Lucien Freud: Conversations with Alfred North Whitehead" should be "Lucien Price: Dialogues of Alfred North Whitehead".
        • On that list, I've already read the Dao De Jing, Tacitus, and Burroughs (which seems not to fit with the others). Voltaire's Bastards is already on my to-buy list :)