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History Year by Year by Peter Chrisp
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Exactly the book you expect it to be... gaudy, uncontroversial, and an uncompromising chart of the central western narrarive. Totally a waste of time, each page even more nauseating than the last.
女坂 [Onnazaka] by Fumiko Enchi
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Labor and Monopoly Capital by John Bellamy Foster
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The Accumulation of Capital by Rosa Luxemburg
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The Making of Global Capitalism by Leo Panitch
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Jonathan Chuang and 62 other people liked Warwick's review of Hausfrau:
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
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A well-written novel about a depressive, narcissistic American expat in Zurich which I can't say I really enjoyed. It has been compared to Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, presumably because the central character (also an Anna) feels trapped in an..." Read more of this review »
Jonathan Chuang and 30 other people liked Lotz's review of Faust:
Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Student:
Hey Professor, I could use a hand,
I just read a play I didn’t understand.

Professor:
And what was this play, pray?

Student:
Faust, the one you assigned the other day.
I simply can’t wrap my mind around it;
I read it carefully, but I am left conf..." Read more of this review »
First German Reader by Harry Steinhauer
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Despite the abundance of texts procured from the likes of Goethe, and some useful original passages written on topics such as Germany's culture and history, this is a wonderful book for stunting your progress in the German language and your sense of ...more
The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
"There's a throwaway remark in this book which has haunted me ever since I read it some time in the mid-70s. Russell is talking about Socrates, and he wonders if Socrates actually existed. Maybe Plato made him up.

"I don't think many people would ha..." Read more of this review »
The Educated Imagination by Northrop Frye
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Rumi
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.”
Rumi

Annie Dillard
“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Viktor E. Frankl
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Isaac Asimov
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
Isaac Asimov

Mahatma Gandhi
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
Mahatma Gandhi

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