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"I will. I might just lurk in the bushes later this morning outside of a church and scream it at the congregation as they exit their Easter morning ser...more "
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Obscene Gestures for Women by Janet Kauffman
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"Definitely with countries short on snow. Mexico's sole competitor (an amusing, fascinating character) is some kind of German prince and heir to an aut...more "
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One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
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There's not so many fiction authors still around with this kind of status: Inventive and intelligent yet globally popular and influential. So I commend him for that achievement. RIP, noble sir.

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Nightwork by Irwin Shaw
" here are lots of personal reasons for my declining to take my nose out of this over the couple of days it took to read. Much of it takes place in Switzerland, where I live. The main character other than the narrator is a hustler, and that includes... " Read more of this review »
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"There was an old woman with velour bedspreads. My mother cleaned her house. I remember running my finger along the edges of the burns, dozens of burns...more "
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The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz
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The perfect musty little volume to purchase for a dollar in the lower reaches of the Pike Place market in Seattle.

His writing took a little getting used to. Since I was expecting something similar to Kafka, because Schulz is frequently compared to Ka...more
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Mark Twain
“Once you've put one of his [Henry James] books down, you simply can't pick it up again.”
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Bill Watterson
“Calvin: I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?
Hobbes: (Reading Calvin's paper) "The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender modes."
Calvin: Academia, here I come!”
Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes: Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat

Charles Bukowski
“It was wintertime. I was starving to death trying to be a writer in New York. I hadn't eaten for three or four days. So, I finally said, "I'm gonna have a big bag of popcorn." And God, I hadn't tasted food for so long, it was so good. Each kernel, you know, each one was like a steak! I chewed and it would just drop into my poor stomach. My stomach would say, "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!" I was in heaven, just walking along, and two guys happened by, and one said to the other, "Jesus Christ!" The other one said, "What was it?" "Did you see that guy eating popcorn? God, it was awful!" And so I couldn't enjoy the rest of the popcorn. I thought; what do you mean, "it was awful?" I'm in heaven here. I guess I was kinda dirty. They can always tell a fucked-up guy.”
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