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Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
"I'm speechless. OK, maybe a few words. At first I gave this book four stars, but then I looked at other books I'd given five stars to and said, "Who am I kidding? No way is that in a league with the Whale." I wanted to chip a star for some of the..." Read more of this review »
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Thrilled me completely from beginning to end.
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The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry
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An embarrassment. The Remington painting on the cover is the only redeeming feature.
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The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
"The Greengage Summer is a coming-of-age novel based on a real summer in Rumer Godden’s life. Reading it was like traveling back to 1920s France and a time when childhood was slower and summer days were longer because there just wasn’t so much to d..." Read more of this review »
The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis
" I think it's possible the author was writing a character similar to childhood self. A lot of his characters have the same struggles. "
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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, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat: A Calvin and Hobbes Collection

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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Mark Twain
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