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The Cocktail Party
3.69
"We die to each other daily.
What we know of other people
Is only our memory of the moments
During which we knew them. And they have changed since then.
T
...more
Nov 13, 2009
Nov 13, 2009
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.11
**spoiler alert** "Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness is a story." attributed to Tolstoy, by Oshima, Kafka on the Shore.

"In dreams begin responsibi...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
 
Cerulean Sins (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #11)
3.81
Now that I've read all the other books in the series, lovely Mike bought me the latest, "Cerulean Sins" as a Christmas present. I wanted to wait to fi...more
Jan 03, 2004
Nov 05, 2008
 
Tango And The Political Economy Of Passion
3.91
Really, this is my last update on this one, I promise.

"Because I have no answers to my questions, I tango. I tango because I have to move in the midst...more
Feb 05, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
 
Murakami Haruki: The Simulacrum in Contemporary Japanese Culture
2.20
**spoiler alert** I finally finished this one and with that I feel like I should get some sort of an award, really. This was difficult reading. While...more
Mar 21, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
 
Public and Private Occasions
4.00
"There is a great difference between the effects of a script that is easily & fluently legible, & one which one can write but not easily decip...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
Wittgenstein's Mistress
4.02
**spoiler alert** "Was it really some other person I was so anxious to discover, when I did all of that looking, or was it only my own solitude that I...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
The Miner
4.04
"Apparently, I was willing to do anything within reason but still wanted to leave myself an escape, which is probably why I said I was planning to tak...more
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 28, 2009
 
Lucifer's Hammer
3.96
**spoiler alert** One of the best pieces of apocalyptic fiction ever written.

There's a part early in the book where a couple of astronomers are tryin...more
Jun 2000
Jan 25, 2009
 
Kokoro
3.97
**spoiler alert** So far my favorite passage:
"Sensei continued:'But surely, when you are with me, you cannot rid yourself of your loneliness. I have n...more
Jan 27, 2009
Jan 27, 2009
 
Wittgenstein's Poker: The Story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers
3.72
Recently (re)discovering a keen interest in Wittgenstein and his work, I found myself once again lacking when I tried to confront the material head-on...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 26, 2008
 
Advanced Foot Control for Dancers
3.00
This book is incredibly valuable to dancers, dance teachers and health professionals who treat dancers. She covers everything from basic care of the f...more
Feb 20, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
The Seducer's Diary
3.73
"Unhappy mirror, which assuredly can grasp her image but not her, who indeed dares to capture her but not to hold her; unhappy mirror, which cannot se...more
Feb 02, 2009
Feb 02, 2009
 
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
3.66
I don't know what I expected from this book. So many people recommended it to me that I had rather high expectations of it. Certainly there are parts...more
May 27, 2009
Jun 01, 2009
 
A Confusion of the Spheres: Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein on Philosophy and Religion
3.83
"Neither author seeks to substitute one philosophical preconception for another—one thesis for another—but to hold up a mirror to the reader that will...more
Feb 03, 2009
Feb 01, 2009
 
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
4.18
**spoiler alert** Finally finished. Still thinking. As someone who reads very quickly, reading Wind-up Bird Chronicle was exhaustingly hard. It can't...more
Dec 11, 2008
Dec 08, 2008
 
After Dark
3.65
**spoiler alert** Sometimes, after reading a particular book, I can't tell if it was a really good time or a really bad time to have read it. It makes...more
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
 
Ghostwritten
4.08
**spoiler alert** Sometimes language can't even read the music of meaning."

Tim chuckled up to the ceiling, "We're all ghostwriters, my boy. And it's n...more
Dec 26, 2008
Dec 19, 2008
 
Cloud Atlas
4.01
**spoiler alert** "The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!" --- Friedrich...more
Dec 31, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
 
Philosophical Investigations
4.25
When I read this years ago, I struggled with it. Tractatus had been so beautifully efficient and lucid (wrong, but beautiful nonetheless.) Then I dove...more
Dec 27, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
 
Grass Roof, Tin Roof: A Novel
3.37
"Concerning love, she told herself she was practicing the Buddhist paradox of "living simultaneously": immersion and non-attachment together."

I was re...more
Jan 03, 2009
Jan 05, 2009
 
Work on Oneself: Wittgenstein's Philosophical Psychology
4.10
"Work on philosophy -- like work in architecture in many respects -- is really more work on oneself. On one's own conception. On how one sees things....more
Dec 15, 2008
Dec 12, 2008
 
number9dream
3.93
**spoiler alert** My favorite line comes from an inmate telling a psychiatrist that he (the inmate, that is) is God, "The worst part is, if I stop ima...more
Jan 11, 2009
Dec 27, 2008
 
A Gesture Life
3.75
**spoiler alert** I think I can summarize the heart of this story best in 2 quotes:

From the main character, Doc Hata, "'Please understand me. There a...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
 
Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
4.05
The ascii text is available from the Gutenberg Library here: Tractatus Logico Philosphicus

I wish I could remember who described this to me as a "Logic...more
Dec 16, 2008
Dec 27, 2008
 
Woman, Who Owns You ?
4.00
"All confessional art, whether poetry or not, is a means of killing the beasts which are within us, those dreadful dragons of dreams and experiences t...more
Dec 23, 2008
Jan 05, 2009
 
House and Philosophy: Everybody Lies
3.72
**spoiler alert** There is so much great stuff in this book for House fans and those more philosophically inclined. Of course it helps that the inspir...more
Dec 17, 2008
Dec 05, 2008
 
Pain: The Science of Suffering
3.87
This book is not a self-help or pain healing book, and as there are so many of those, this book sets itself apart by looking closely at the causes and...more
Dec 20, 2008
Dec 01, 2008
 
Ludwig Wittgenstein: There Where You Are Not
4.43
As a stand alone guide to Wittgenstein and his work, this book will disappoint. However as a companion to his writings and to more thorough biographie...more
Dec 22, 2008
Dec 22, 2008
 
Black Swan Green
3.96
**spoiler alert** "If you show someone something you've written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, 'When you're ready...more
Feb 09, 2009
Jan 10, 2009
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