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Erik Simon

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Does becoming a born again virgin clear up a case of gonorrhea?

If God were truly infinite in His mercy and compassion, He’d take these fuckingOlympics away from NBC.

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Average rating: 3.82 · 39 ratings · 17 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
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I'd be hard pressed to identify a war that gave us more great literature than World War I. So if you wanted to come along almost a century later and write a literary World War I story, you'd better have something really fucking fresh or new or incred...more
"That's just it. I don't know, and to Goodwin's point in her own introduction, Taft has gone largely ignored by historians.

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"You will wait in vain, Derek, for she does not say one negative word about Taft. Honestly, she makes him a combination of Jesus and Wilford Brimley.

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" Patrick Melrose's gothic New Age Mrs. Jellyby of a mother has finally died and in At Last we attend her funeral, presumably (and for this reader, hopefully) ending the cycle.

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" . It was a page-turner for quite a while, but I think it seriously deteriorated towards the end.

I started to skim a bit after the scene in the parking garage, which seemed to be straight out of a bad TV show.

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The jacket photo is a tricky, tricky art form. Some authors adopt the serious look, indicating that they are deep thinkers and deep people and therefore you, too, are deep just by holding their book. Many of the younger set have adopted a sexier jack...more
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I am all for action, especially in an action thriller, bit I feel like this book had just a bit too much action. However, given that the author is French, is all that action actually a wry comment on action thrillers because, well, that's just the ki...more
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message 35: by Mark

Mark Shafranski Yes, Erik, that was me discussing the Jackson book and Heinlein book. Didn't see snarky comment, but it's OK. I've been insulted by experts.

Goodreads had an issue with letting me reply directly to your friending comment for some reason. Looking forward to enlightened discussions.


message 34: by D.

D. Pow Erik Simon, how are you? Read any good Ghazals lately?

Books Ring Mah Bell Erik - you are THE MAN. Thanks again for the donation.


message 32: by Erik

Erik Simon I always find myself wondering how much of a role his name plays in my attraction to the product. Tom. If he'd had a more WASPY New England name, say Dalton or Preston, would I allow myself to buy the stuff, even though I know it's a superior toothepaste in every way? I'm not so sure.

message 31: by Jen

Jen I like the little cheery note they put in each package. "Hi, this is Tom, and we make earth friendly toothpastes!"

message 30: by Erik

Erik Simon Funny you ask that, Jen. Since I love all things cinnamon, and since cinnamon could be my favorite word, I used the Tom's cinnamon for a long time. But once, when forced to use the peppermint, I realized that, as far as Tom's toothepaste goes, it, as well as the spearmint, really is the superior flavor.

message 29: by Jen

Jen Ah, but which kind of Tom's toothpaste?

message 28: by Jessica

Jessica a day would be great!
we'll get a "schedule" planned and let you know what's planned for when...
would be great to meet, and we could exchange books if you like as I've been meaning to get ours.

message 27: by Ben

Ben I hope you don't mind me braggin' on ya:

trivialchemy Oh hell yes. Thank you for the invite, Mr. Simon.

message 25: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Great pic, and writing on your profile. so, how did you like the speech? I adored colbert live that nite!
Grad Ted is okay, though with my Er years, figured he would be. Felt bad Obama could not go to him, like he wanted to. He has hit the ground running , but my hubby is still doubting, though I got him to see the light and the hope for change. Have a great New Year!

Books Ring Mah Bell Nice shirt!

message 23: by Jessica

Jessica Amen, way to kill a thread, Erik. Tough post to follow....

message 22: by Erik

Erik Simon I've no original response, so I'll simply speak from my heart and say: Thanks, Brother.

Books Ring Mah Bell Someone else I'd really like to fuck up is William Kristol. Can you believe this candy-assed, Ivy-league-educated, son of famous professors gets off calling people like me elitist because I thought Palin was stupid, Obama was great, and the Iraq war a disaster? This guy's never had a blister in his life unless it was from masturbating to pictures of J. Edgar Hoover in drag.

Brilliant. Thank you.

message 20: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Drive safely! Bet you watch A Christmas story at least once!

message 19: by Erik

Erik Simon Why thanks, Noran. Actually, on Christmas Day I'm driving to your home state, which is also one of my brothers' home state. We all meet there at Christmas since it is centrally located. Have a great holiday yourself.

message 18: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Just wanted to stop in and wish you the best of the holiday season! Merry Christmas!-Noran
Hammond,IN :)

message 17: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin GOOD MORNING! :) My county delivered the state! My vote really counted! WOW!!! 6AM,and 45 in-line--never a line before at that hour! I was smiling like i had the best day in my life-I just cannot believe it is real today-WOW! We did it-across the country and the world-history.

message 16: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin May hope become history tonight! I vote and pray today.

message 15: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin
My treat for you. Obama will be one mile from me tomorrow-do not know if I can get in--no tickets being given out. Grant park tickets for nov 4 gone--was hoping for that!

message 14: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin
A MUST view of pics of Obama --it brings tears --and hope of the future.
I hope to be in Grand Park on Election nite and hear him accept! Dare to hope to dream?!? I pray so every night now!

RandomAnthony Think any of the midwestern teams will win a playoff game, sir?

message 12: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin The 42-cent commemorative stamp, being released Thursday in Boston, features a portrait of Davis as she appeared in the 1950 film "All About Eve," in which she played Margo Channing, an aging stage actress battling to save her career as a younger woman schemes to replace her.

message 11: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin If you hear about my area--i am dried out now--2 inches in my basement-throwing out today. Baby evaceed to my sister in Chicago. town next to where i grew up under water for the first time ever! I spent 20 hours in the ER sunday--staff could not make it in. So many roads closed. My best friend set-up an evac center at her church, then an hour later, lost her church!

Oh. I adore Biden now!!!!!

message 10: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin Biden?!?!?!????? I feel we have lost now.

message 9: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin
a piece of history left us today.

RandomAnthony Cornhusker Football? Did they ever decide who was going to coach and be the athletic director this year?


message 7: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin The Colbert Report: Senator Jim Webb --i believe that is your guy and he is on tonight--7/21.

Books Ring Mah Bell Have a great Dad's Day, Erik!

message 5: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin i ordered your book today, but will not arrive till july. i ordered it with a pre-order book. i do this to space the arrival of my books, so i have something to look forward to. i am getting "vacation" by another goodreads author--bizzaro lit, and "brother x", by the creator of the blog site boing boing. i missed his chicago signing this month. hope you had a good holiday. monday in the er was like being on the front line--we are never that bad ever! we even had a john doe from a cemetery1!?! young man attending a memorial day service, went to seizures--homeless? from a rehab home? had a friend that did not show, and only 100 sugar packets in his pockets. his labs beyond abnormal. that was just the start of our 12 hours--. books are my bubble bath from it all!--noran

message 4: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin
an article i wanted to share with you.

message 3: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— John McCrae

message 2: by Erik

Erik Simon Oh, I wasn't going to tell. I'm dreadful about marketing myself; it is one of the most distasteful things to do, so I don't much do it. Just posting it on this site took convincing from friends, largely because I enjoy this site and the people on it so much that I didn't want them to think I was here only to market. You'll love the monk book. You'll be aghast.

message 1: by Noran

Noran Miss Pumkin so when were you going to tell me about your book, mr author you?!?! i came to tell you i ordered the monk book today, for i had to meet the min. for free shipping on amazon--they had a dvd sale, and i got a bug's life for vir, and i found your book! i could have ordered it instead! congrats my friend!!!!!

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