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Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
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Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
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Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt
""Van Gogh entered a room in his mind when he painted The Night Cafe. He acknowledged his damaged (and worsening) psyche and, in acknowledging it, made a deal. He would be able to take newer, more original artistic conceptions out, would be able to..." Read more of this review »
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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
“I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.”
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The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
Sylvia Plath
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Unknown
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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read in January, 2015
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is simple. It's a poem about beautiful human fallibility, the beautiful search for perfection, and the beautiful futility of the quest. It's about reciprocity - 'trwe mon trwe restore' - and the sharp reminder (that co ...more
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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
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The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Voltaire
“He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.”
Voltaire

Vladimir Nabokov
“On Translating Eugene Onegin


1
What is translation? On a platter
A poet's pale and glaring head,
A parrot's screech, a monkey's chatter,
And profanation of the dead.
The parasites you were so hard on
Are pardoned if I have your pardon,
O, Pushkin, for my stratagem:
I traveled down your secret stem,
And reached the root, and fed upon it;
Then, in a language newly learned,
I grew another stalk and turned
Your stanza patterned on a sonnet,
Into my honest roadside prose--
All thorn, but cousin to your rose.


2
Reflected words can only shiver
Like elongated lights that twist
In the black mirror of a river
Between the city and the mist.
Elusive Pushkin! Persevering,
I still pick up Tatiana's earring,
Still travel with your sullen rake.
I find another man's mistake,
I analyze alliterations
That grace your feasts and haunt the great
Fourth stanza of your Canto Eight.
This is my task--a poet's patience
And scholastic passion blent:
Dove-droppings on your monument.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Frances Hardinge
“I am anything I wish to be. The world cannot choose for me. No, it is for me to choose what the world shall be.”
Frances Hardinge, The Lost Conspiracy

Frances Hardinge
“Revenge is a dish best served unexpectedly and from a distance - like a thrown trifle.”
Frances Hardinge, Twilight Robbery

George Gordon Byron
“Thou shalt believe in Milton, Dryden, Pope;
Thou shalt not set up Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey;
Because the first is crazed beyond all hope,
The second drunk, the third so quaint and mouthy.”
George Gordon Byron, Don Juan

Ride Through the Old Country (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 13, 2013 07:56PM
Description: Gerard Manley Hopkins-inspired.
Ode to Summer's End! (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 31, 2011 08:55PM
Description: Hey there! Here's a nice poem, hopefully more lighthearted and humorous than my work normally is. At least, I hope it makes you smile... Q: But, Daria! Why is there no definitive rhyming pattern? And where is the iambic pentameter?! A: 'Tis an example of post-modernism! (I jest, I jest. Iambic pentameters and post-modernism - like I had ever studied these things.) This is what I sound like when I talk to myself, though. I should probably leave you alone now. PROCEED.
The Tale (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
8 chapters   —   updated Aug 31, 2011 08:43PM
Description: So far 'tis a tale of bodyguards and of archers, of princes and and of rulebreakers, of mysterious deserters and of traitors, and of the hint of a conspiracy, it seems (what fun!). Hopefully, 'twill be edited someday. xD But for now, I urge you to enjoy! And yes, said title is not official, but better than "Just a fragment...", no? :)
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