You guys have no idea how elated I was when I stumbled upon your thread concerning where to find/purchase books in the Philippines. I have long lamented the arduousness of acquiring quality books locally but this forum is such a breath of fresh air. My joy in discovering this community is overwhelming. I'm looking forward to entering in further conversation with all of you.
I particularly enjoy the Great Books (Plato-Dante) but for the purposes of introduction, here are some of the writers that inspire my thinking:
1. GK Chesterton 2. CS Lewis 3. JRR Tolkien 4. Francis Schaeffer 5. Noam Chomsky (recent addition) 6. Slavoj Zizek 7. Winston Churchill 8. Ernest Hemingway 9. Alexander Solzhenitsyn 10. Josef Pieper 11. Friedrich Nietzsche 12. Alasdair MacIntyre 13. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I read from all genres save romantic paperbacks but these folks are the ones who profoundly inspire my thinking. I do not agree with everything they have to say, in fact, I do not agree at all with some of these writers. Affirmatively or provokingly they all challenge my thinking and at the end of the day, that's the reason why I read.
deathwalker wrote:Welcome to RP, Flambeau! Another GK Chesterton fan... What do you think about The Man Who Was Thursday? Would you consider it as a Cross-genre fiction?
I have not read "The Man Who Was Thursday" yet. I have however read The Father Brown Series and Napoleon of Notting Hill and if these works are indicative of GK's novel writing, I have to say TMWWT is bound to be cross genres. Dave Ahlquist is right concerning Chesterton, "he is not capable of talking about anything without talking about everything." GK is in the habit of breaking down the categorical departments of thought. As far as I have observed, GK (being a Thomist), has two major themes: theology and politics, the former deals with loving God, the latter loving the neighbor. All topics in between these two serve as accents to his grand paradox.