Joseph R.’s Profile

Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Joseph.





A Confederacy of ...
Rate this book
Clear rating

progress: 
 
  (page 82 of 394)
"Ignatius just read a letter from his cousin. I wish I could insult as readily as he does." Oct 14, 2008 10:10PM

 

Joseph's Recent Updates

Joseph R. liked a quote
17349
I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especi...more
Carl Sagan
Joseph R. liked a quote
61663
Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.Carl Sagan
Joseph R. liked a quote
15619
And if someone felt that his life had been an utter failure, and that he himself was only one among millions of wholly unimportant people who could be replaced as easily as broken windowpanes, he would go and pour out his heart to Momo. And, even as he spoke, he would come to realize by some mysterious means that he was absolutely wrong: that there was only one person like himself in the whole world, and that, consequently, he mattered to the world in his own particular way.

Such was Momo's talent for listening.
Michael Ende
Joseph R. rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Rate this book
Clear rating
Joseph R. wants to read
Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
Rate this book
Clear rating
Joseph R. wants to read
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Rate this book
Clear rating
Joseph R. wants to read
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
Rate this book
Clear rating
Joseph R. wants to read
Kafka à Beira-Mar by Haruki Murakami
Rate this book
Clear rating
Joseph R. wants to read
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
Rate this book
Clear rating
Joseph R. wants to read
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson
Rate this book
Clear rating
More of Joseph's books…
Carl Sagan
“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Michael Ende
“Nothing is lost. . .Everything is transformed.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

Michael Ende
“If you have never wept bitter tears because a wonderful story has come to an end and you must take your leave of the characters with whom you have shared so many adventures, whom you have loved and admired, for whom you have hoped and feared, and without whose company life seems empty and meaningless.

If such things have not been part of your own experience, you probably won't understand what Bastian did next.”
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story

Carl Sagan
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Michael Ende
“And if someone felt that his life had been an utter failure, and that he himself was only one among millions of wholly unimportant people who could be replaced as easily as broken windowpanes, he would go and pour out his heart to Momo. And, even as he spoke, he would come to realize by some mysterious means that he was absolutely wrong: that there was only one person like himself in the whole world, and that, consequently, he mattered to the world in his own particular way.

Such was Momo's talent for listening.”
Michael Ende

229 On Reading Graphic Novels — 1568 members — last activity May 16, 2014 08:53PM
Let's talk about the wide array of graphic novels and which ones you enjoy reading. Maybe you like reading memoirs in the graphic format like Brooklyn...more
143 The Guttering Flame — 69 members — last activity Nov 28, 2011 08:35PM
This is a little society, a cadre, a coterie of the unlike-minded. Here we discuss Comic Books (or Graphic Novels, if you prefer) as art, aesthetic, l...more
Hadley
790 books | 41 friends

Amy
Amy
397 books | 29 friends

Adaku
55 books | 65 friends

Jj
Jj
7 books | 73 friends

Figarob...
3 books | 18 friends

Vincent...
128 books | 60 friends

Rozanne!
14 books | 4 friends

Billy
26 books | 26 friends




Polls voted on by this member