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Jeff is reading Extinction: I was ten pages into this book on an airplane and the vitriol was already so potent I was going to request an emergency landing
Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
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Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot
Jacques the Fatalist
by Denis Diderot
read in January, 2015
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This felt like the work of a completely different author than The Nun. Maybe it's the damn translators. This is why I avoided translated books for years - are you getting the real deal?

The Nun was always grinding forward, while this one is more of a
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If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
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“A consensus means that everyone agrees to say collectively what no one believes individually.”
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Players by Geno Zanetti
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Good and fun, certainly worth a read if you're into this stuff. One or two pieces may have run a bit long, e.g. the Pushkin piece, but some pieces are longer and worth it. This is the kind of anthology where I'll probably pick up two or three books t ...more
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Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars
Moravagine
by Blaise Cendrars
read in December, 2014
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This didn't work. Too much wheel-spinning, un-compelling digressions... don't get me wrong, I like a good digression here and there. In fact, the very good book The Rings of Saturn is basically one big digression.

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The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch
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