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02/06/2005: Idiot's Guide to What?

I was in a local Border's on Saturday, spending a $30 giftcard I received for Christmas. I was in the religion section, looking for a copy of Who Wrote the Bible?, and I did a double take when I saw this sitting on the bookshelf.

Complete Idiot's Guide to the Book of Revelation

Frankly, I think there are enough idiots studying the Book of Revelation already.

For the curious, in addition to Who Wrote the Bible?, I purchased a copy of Tooth and Claw (thanks to Brad DeLong for the recommendation) and The Girl Who Played Go.

Brock on 02.06.05 @ 05:43 PM CST

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Replies: 5 comments

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 6:23 PM CST, Karen McLauchlan said

Dear Len...Hmmm...if I didn't know better, I'd think you actually meant to read that "Idiot's guide." The ones I worry about are the two yo-yo's with that series "Left Behind" (full name of all the books escapes my conscienceness...can't image WHY) about the coming of the rapture and those who will perish...must be great bedtime reading. (Right after you watch "Freddy Krueger Inspirational Tales From The Beyond")

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 6:28 PM CST, Karen McLauchlan said

P.S. I play "GO"...but the question is Do You?

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 6:59 PM CST, Brock Sides said


That was my post, not Len's. :)

For all I know, that particular Idiot's Guide might be half-decent from a scholarly perspective, or it might be full of that dispensationalist nonsense that inspired the Left Behind series.

Although I do have a Go set, I have not actually played a game to completion.

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 8:08 PM CST, Len Cleavelin said

If you have a go set, you've got me beat. I have a chess set, but I've not played in AGES (I scavenged the chess set from the laundry room, where someone in my building abandoned it). I can't even play a decent game of Othello, much less go. And as for chess, I remember how all the pieces move.....

on Sunday, February 6th, 2005 at 8:17 PM CST, Karen McLauchlan said

Dear Brock...see a little glass of wine...and I can't even read...Mea culpa. But it can take hours to play GO. Used to play often...not so much anymore (hard to find people to play with.)

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