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"As much as I normally like Mann's ruminations, the ones in this book on the topic of time are quite underwhelming. Far from subtle or new. Not sure if he's just trying to make fun of Hans Castorp's philosophizing or not." Jun 01, 2015 11:03AM

 
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Jimmy is on page 380 of 706 of The Magic Mountain: As much as I normally like Mann's ruminations, the ones in this book on the topic of time are quite underwhelming. Far from subtle or new. Not sure if he's just trying to make fun of Hans Castorp's philosophizing or not.
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Fionnuala is on page 50 of 272 of Watt: The bitter laugh laughs at that which is not good, it is the ethical laugh. The hollow laugh laughs at that which is not true, it is the intellectual laugh. But the mirthless laugh is the dianoetic laugh, down the snout--Haw!---so. It is the laugh of laughs, the 'risus purus', the laugh laughing at the laugh, the beholding, the saluting of the highest joke, in a word the laugh that laughs at that which is unhappy.
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When Gregor Samsa woke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed right there in his bed into some sort of monstrous insect. He was lying on his back--which was hard, like a carapace--and when he raised his head a little he saw hi
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Myths are essential to our lives because they reveal what is culturally important to us and they flourish via story telling—from the oral tradition of yore to the modern bits & gigabytes, one generation passes on its stories to the next &..." Read more of this review »
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Thomas Bernhard
“FLEISCHMANN: Since the days of Sigmund Freud and the advent of psychoanalysis the interpretation of dreams has played a big role in Austria[n life]. What is your attitude to all that?

BERNHARD: I’ve never spent enough time reading Freud to say anything intelligent about him. Freud has had no effect whatsoever on dreams, or on the interpretation of dreams. Of course psychoanalysis is nothing new. Freud didn’t discover it; it had of course always been around before. It just wasn’t practiced on such a fashionably huge scale, and in such million-fold, money-grubbing forms, as it has been now for decades, and as it won’t be for much longer. Because even in America, as I know, it’s fallen so far out of fashion that they just lay people out on the celebrated couch and scoop their psychological guts out with a spoon.

FLEISCHMANN: I take it then that psychoanalysis is not a means gaining knowledge for you?

BERNHARD: Well, no; for me it’s never been that kind of thing. I think of Freud simply as a good writer, and whenever I’ve read something of his, I’ve always gotten the feeling of having read the work of an extraordinary, magnificent writer. I’m no competent judge of his medical qualifications, and as for what’s known as psychoanalysis, I’ve personally always tended to think of it as nonsense or as a middle-aged man’s hobby-horse that turned into an old man’s hobby-horse. But Freud’s fame is well-deserved, because of course he was a genuinely great, extraordinary personality. There’s no denying that. One of the few great personalities who had a beard and was great despite his beardiness.

FLEISCHMANN: Do you have something against beards?

BERNHARD: No. But the majority of people call people who have a long beard or the longest possible beard great personalities and suppose that the longer one’s beard is, the greater the personality one is. Freud’s beard was relatively long, but too pointy; that was typical of him. Perhaps it was the typical Freudian trait, the pointy beard. It’s possible.”
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“Small causes can often have large effects. Smaller causes can have even bigger effects, and the very biggest effects frequently have no cause at all. Witness, for example, the world. It was created out of nothing, and that has made it the worst calamity the world has ever seen.”
Albert Vigoleis Thelen

Djuna Barnes
“A Girl is gone! A Girl is lost! A simple Rustic Maiden but Yesterday swung upon the Pasture Gate, with Knowledge nowhere, yet is now, to-day, no better than her Mother, and her Mother's Mother before her! Soiled! Despoiled! Handled! Mauled! Rumpled! Rummaged! Ransacked! No purer than Fish in Sea, no sweater than Bird on Wing, no better than Beasts of Earth!”
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Luis Fernando Verissimo
“Imagine the marvels we would experience if we believed in the things in which we don't believe.”
Luis Fernando Verissimo, Borges and the Eternal Orangutans

Robert Walser
“How reprehensible it is when those blessed with commodities insist on ignoring the poor. Better to torment them, force them into indentured servitude, inflict compulsion and blows—this at least produces a connection, fury and a pounding heart, and these too constitute a form of relationship. But to cower in elegant homes behind golden garden gates, fearful lest the breath of warm humankind touch you, unable to indulge in extravagances for fear they might be glimpsed by the embittered oppressed, to oppress and yet lack the courage to show yourself as an oppressor, even to fear the ones you are oppressing, feeling ill at ease in your own wealth and begrudging others their ease, to resort to disagreeable weapons that require neither true audacity nor manly courage, to have money, but only money, without splendor: That’s what things look like in our cities at present”
Robert Walser, The Tanners

How He Got His Red Coat (Poetry)
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Description: poem, previously published in the Sonora Review
Tiny Stories About Sons (Poetry)
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Description: The last poem series in my manuscript 'The Sea is White'. Previously published in Little Red Leaves http://littleredleaves.com/
Anne Carson's Plainwater: A Review (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A creative-review. First published in Can We Have Our Ball Back?
Revelations (Poetry)
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Description: Early poem. Originally published in the Indiana Review
Negatives (Poetry)
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Description: Early poem. First published in the Sonora Review
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