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" Nemo wrote: "Laurel wrote: "C. S. Lewis wrote a semi-autobiographical allegory called "The Pilgrim's Regress"."

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”
Joseph Heller
The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy L. Sayers
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" David wrote: "As for the sacraments, Bunyan was a dissenter, which meant that he was working to break away from the Catholic and the Anglican church. ...more "
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Van Gogh by Julian Bell
Van Gogh: A Power Seething
by Julian Bell
read in April, 2015
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" The Wikipedia article on Bunyan is well done. See especially the section Imprisonment. "
“She feels in italics and thinks in CAPITALS.”
Henry James
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Conversations with Van Gogh by Vincent van Gogh
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This is an intriguing, short introduction to Vincent's life cleverly written in interview form. Van Gogh's answers come straight from his letters.
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The Bolter by Frances Osborne
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What an empty life!
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Viktor E. Frankl
“We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. For what then matters is to bear witness to the uniquely human potential at its best, which is to transform a personal tragedy into a triumph, to turn one’s predicament into a human achievement. When we are no longer able to change a situation—just think of an incurable disease such as inoperable cancer—we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Ernest Hemingway
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are strong at the broken places.”
Ernest Hemingway

Sue Grafton
“Ideas are easy. It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.”
Sue Grafton

James Dickey
“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.”
James Dickey

T.S. Eliot
“And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight, And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly, The surface glittered out of heart of light, And they were behind us, reflected in the pool. Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty. Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children, 40 Hidden excitedly, containing laughter. Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind Cannot bear very much reality. Time past and time future What might have been and what has been Point to one end, which is always present.   II   Garlic and sapphires in the mud Clot the bedded axle-tree. The trilling wire in the blood Sings below inveterate scars And reconciles forgotten wars. The dance along the artery The circulation of the lymph Are figured in the drift of stars Ascend to summer in the tree We move above the moving tree In light upon the figured leaf And hear upon the sodden floor Below, the boarhound and the boar Pursue their pattern as before 60 But reconciled among the stars.   At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is, But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity, Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor”
T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

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