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Sarah and 73 other people liked s.penkevich's review of Inherent Vice:
Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
"Inherent Vice: Hidden defect (or the very nature) of a good or property which of itself is the cause of (or contributes to) its deterioration, damage, or wastage.¹

The trouble with Time is that it always proceeds forward. Reshaping and rusting all..." Read more of this review »
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Junot Díaz
“Motherfuckers will read a book that’s one third Elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they [white people] think we’re taking over.”
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Sinclair Lewis
“Whatever the misery, he could not regain contentment with a world which, once doubted, became absurd.”
Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
“To overcome the anxieties and depressions of contemporary life, individuals must become independent of the social environment to the degree that they no longer respond exclusively in terms of its rewards and punishments. To achieve such autonomy, a person has to learn to provide rewards to herself. She has to develop the ability to find enjoyment and purpose regardless of external circumstances.”
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Pat Barker
“This reinforced Rivers’s view that it was prolonged strain, immobility and helplessness that did the damage, and not the sudden shocks or bizarre horrors that the patients themselves were inclined to point to as the explanation for their condition. That would help to account for the greater prevalence of anxiety neuroses and hysterical disorders in women in peacetime, since their relatively more confined lives gave them fewer opportunities of reacting to stress in active and constructive ways. Any explanation of war neurosis must account for the fact that this apparently intensely masculine life of war and danger and hardship produced in men the same disorders that women suffered from in peace.”
Pat Barker, Regeneration

Leo Tolstoy
“but that what was for him the greatest and most cruel injustice appeared to others a quite ordinary occurrence.”
Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilych And Other Stories

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