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Brad Simkulet

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Brad Simkulet has been writing professionally for journals, stage and screen for nearly two decades. He's currently working on a novel. Brad's a big fan of cut-offs, easy listening music and Arsenal FC.


Like of course there’s value in learning to find yourself beautiful, but also

People are allowed to be ugly? You don’t owe being pretty to anyone and like “ everyone is beautiful” is not a concept that is able to be grasped by everyone, especially people who have been called ugly their whole lives.

I’d like the self love movement to move beyond “ everyone is beautiful” to...

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Existence Costs

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Literary Exploration: This topic has been closed to new comments. What Are You Reading - July 2011 88 102 Jul 30, 2011 01:27AM  
Mark Twain
“You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?”
Mark Twain

Marcus Aurelius
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Howard Zinn
“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
Howard Zinn

Patrick O'Brian
“I would not cross this room to reform parliament or prevent the union or to bring about the millennium... - but man as part of a movement or a crowd is ... inhuman... the only feelings I have are for men as individuals; my loyalties, such as they may be, are to private persons alone.... Patriotism is a word; and one that generally comes to mean either my country, right or wrong, which is infamous, or my country is always right, which is imbecile.”
Patrick O'Brian

“The poor go to war, to fight and die for the delights, riches, and superfluities of others.”

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message 1: by Ruzz

Ruzz welcome, brother.

Jessica Brian:
just what are you staring at in that there photo? And it must be cold where you live, no?
cheers & welcome,
Jessica aka Chairwoman.

message 3: by Ilyn

Ilyn Ross Hello Brad,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request and for joining “Happy & Brainy”. Good fortune on Existence Costs.

Please visit the “To the Glory of Man” group when you have a chance.

Have a marvelous day. Warmest regards.

Carolyn Hi Brad! Thanks for the friend request. Becoming a librarian is easy, once you've reviewed/rated 50 books (which you are well over), just click on the link 'request librarian status'.
I have that, so I don't see the link anymore, but I think it is on the detail page for a book - anyways, here is a page, in the first post there is a link to click to request being a librarian
Let me know if it doesn't help you - I've got to run pickup the DD at daycare. Not sure if I'll be online again until Tuesday, with the holidays, so may not get back to you before Wednesday.

message 5: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Brad,
Always great to meet another writer. Thanks for the friendship on Goodreads you Gooner you!
Take care

Emilly R Hi Brad,thank for your friendship.I love Hemingway,one of my favor book of his is Across The River And Into The Trees,the story of Richard an American colonel after the war about 50 years old and his belove Renata.I love their romance and passion and the streets of Italy,when,i read it i want to go there so much.Then there is farewell To Arms and The Old Man And The Sea.Caming from Cuba,where ,Hemingway is love like a hero.

Brooke Hello brad, how have you been? Are your kids enjoying Un Lun Dun? And how far are you in the book? :D

message 8: by Bram

Bram Thanks for the GR group invite. I think I'm going to have to hold off that one until I can give it my full attention--maybe in a month or two. I'll be checking in on the nonspoiler comments though.

message 9: by Brad

Brad I thought you'd be into GR at some point, Bram. I think that group is going to be a long term project, so any time you make it over that will be just fine.

message 10: by Bram

Bram Ok, awesome. I just saw that there was a "start date", so I thought it might be time sensitive.

I'm also looking forward to his new one--only a month away You excited about it?

message 11: by Brad

Brad I'm excited by everything he does, but actually reading them...I always feel like I have to really dedicate myself to his work (at least the first time I read it), and so they often sit on my shelf unread for years (like Mason Dixon). I will buy it straight away, but will I get to it? Someday.

message 12: by Richard

Richard Glad to connect. Intrigued by your book and bio.

message 13: by Saleh

Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Question In My Profile.

message 14: by David

David Katzman Can you perhaps explain to me why in my most recent Feed update email 6 people in a row (including you) posted ratings for Jurassic Park?

sorry, but wtf??? Did i miss Jurassic Park week?

message 15: by David

David Katzman wow. i wonder if everyone on GR had a Jurassic attack. Perhaps it's a marketing ploy!

message 16: by Brad

Brad My vow: I will read 7 books from my massive pile of books to read before I buy another book (and I will keep that up until I am down to one shelf of books), though I reserve the right to mooch books or receive them as gifts ;)

Meredith Ok...July 2011.

The Pamplona Running of the Bulls is a part of the San Fermin Festival, which runs in Pamplona from July 6 to July 14 each year.

message 18: by Brad

Brad I will be forty. Perfect time to run with the bulls.

message 19: by Stephen

Stephen Better late than never.

message 20: by Stephen

Stephen That sounds like a damn good reason to buy a Rilke

message 21: by Ruby

Ruby Emam Hi, Brad.
Did you get a chance to read The Little Black Fish? I see that I have attracted some attention from the group members. I am looking forward to your comments considering that although the book is for children yet, the author has wonderfully inserted messages in the story which shows a path only uderstandable by advanced readers and adults (in most cases).
I see many discussions posted for different books listed in this category and they are great discussions. But none asked me this question: "How can a children's book have "political" contents and be "banned?" Please tell me what you think.
Thanks a lot,

message 22: by Stephen

Stephen Hi Brad.

message 23: by David (last edited Oct 17, 2009 09:09PM)

David Katzman Dude! I have no idea why i never noticed your collection before! I be dubm. I take it...self-published by the iUniverse moniker. What is your preferred mode of purchase? Direct from you? Amazon?

I'm going to pursue a publisher for my 2nd book but will self-publish again if i don't find one. However, i do not think i'll go POD--i will likely re-establish my Bedhead Books imprint again. Note the book i'm reading, right now,

i'm catching up on the process and the latest techniques.

message 24: by David

David Katzman brad, brad. my first tip on making money as a self-publisher is to tell people how to buy the book when they ask you how to buy it. :-P

message 25: by Brad (last edited Oct 27, 2009 11:34PM)

Brad David wrote: "brad, brad. my first tip on making money as a self-publisher is to tell people how to buy the book when they ask you how to buy it. :-P"

I am a knob. I meant to get back to you about that, David. I don't even remember what distracted me now, but then I completely forgot to come back. And you're right...I should.

The preferred mode is to buy from Amazon or Indigo. I think it is great that you have your own imprint to re-establish.

message 26: by David

David Katzman it'd be bought.

message 27: by David

David Katzman yay! Got your check too, thanks! haven't made it to the bank yet. :-) your book is on the top of my pile as soon as i get back to fiction.

message 28: by Stephen

Stephen Well Brad, it digs you too.

message 29: by David

David Katzman hey! did you ever get my book? I'm going to be reading your next. cheers.

message 30: by David

David Katzman ahah! i'm a flake. plus my brain has been fried recently by work. oh well. i guess i don't need it too much.

message 31: by Brad

Brad Glad to hear you're working hard. That's a good reason for fried brains, brother.

message 32: by Joy

Joy Hi Brad, read any good books while washing the dishes lately?

message 33: by Brad

Brad Last Temptation of Christ is sufficiently water stained from me doing dishes. How about you, Joy?

message 34: by Joy

Joy Brad wrote: "Last Temptation of Christ is sufficiently water stained from me doing dishes. How about you, Joy?"

I'm trying to plan a trip to Europe so I've been reading travel guides from the library.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

message 36: by Brad

Brad Meredith wrote: "Did you see this: ?"

I finally just watched that one, Meredith. EXACTLY!

message 37: by Brad

Brad Ceridwen wrote: "Vader being a smartass." Genius.

message 38: by David (last edited Jun 02, 2010 02:48PM)

David Katzman Yo, S-man. I made a comment on your Star Wars thread that left the impact of a pin drop. Perhaps you missed it as it cross-posted, sandwiched by your encyclopediac debate with Team Star Wars?

I just read a graphic novel Dungeon Quest: Book 1 by Joe Daly from Fantagraphics. It was weird and funny as hell. Like Dungeons & Dragons on crack. I think you'd dig it.

message 39: by Brad

Brad I did miss it. I'll go and check it out tonight, but first there is family Trivial Pursuit to finish. Thanks for the Dragon Quest tip. I'm going to check it out now.

message 40: by Brad

Brad No. I think nerdy goes without saying...for us both.

message 41: by Esteban

Esteban del Mal I want a piece of the Star Wars linkage:

message 42: by Brad

Brad No, no, C. Keep it up. I love that you're my facilitator for all things geeky. And now others like Esteban are joining. Sweet.

message 43: by D.

D. Pow Dude(and Ceridwen too), have you seen the cinematics on this one:

Why do people other than Lucas make it so much damn better?

message 44: by Pinky

Pinky I hope you enjoy it at least as much as I did!

message 45: by D.

D. Pow Hey, Brad! I've been out of town at the San Diego Comic Con. Don't ask! But I did come back with an autographed Mieville and an autographed picture of Grace Park. Beast that I am, I am having an intense debate about which means more to me.

And then I came home and lo and behold I've received an autographed Simkulet book as well.

Thanks so much and I will start reading soon. Hope all is well in that New Found Land.

message 46: by Stephen

Stephen Hey there! Are you indeed Ph.D. as of this writing?

message 47: by Brad

Brad Nope. And not going to be anytime soon. I'll write you the whys.

message 48: by Joy

Joy Hey Brad, thought you'd be interested in this news -

I've never heard of her. Have you read the Hornet's Nest one yet? I liked it a lot!

message 49: by Leah

Leah I start my first class today. I'll have to bore you with the syllabi once I get all of them. Hoping I'm not taking on too much at once.

I'll reply to your e-mail later this week when I actually have something to report!

Love to you and the fam,

message 50: by Brad

Brad I can't wait to hear your reports, Leah. I can live vicariously through you.

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