Checking out that new batch of library books didn’t push me into a new reading regime after all. I’ve been on a binge of watching The Wire, while reading articles online, occasionally messing around with Medieval 2: Total War.
The Bad Popes wasn’t what i thought it would be. The author’s qualification for a bad pope wound up being the ones who undermined the long term temporal power of the Catholic church. Launching crusades or inquisitions was no big deal, and neither was bad theology. It was still diverting reading, but after checking up on more of the back stories, there was a lot of embellishment and omissions going on.
Burgess’ The Wanting Seed isn’t sitting well with me. There are some crazy ideas to play with, but some of the dated references keep snapping me out of the narrative. I’ll stick with it, as it seems interesting.
Goytisolo’s Quarantine is kicking my ass. He’s still incredibly impressive… at the same time he makes me feel a little stupid. He keeps me stumbling, forcing me to read passages three or four times before anything sticks. When something does stick, it seems like genius, but it’s taking a lot of work for so thin of a book and my heart not truly in it.