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Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill
Dreams and Shadows
by C. Robert Cargill (Goodreads Author)
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" I hadn't been familiar with this issue before, and I'm displeased that it's being allowed to go on. Well done and thank you for taking a principled st ...more "
The Church of Fear by John Sweeney
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The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych
by Leo Tolstoy
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Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
Anarchism and Other Essays
by Emma Goldman
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Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman
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Strong Opinions by Vladimir Nabokov
Strong Opinions
by Vladimir Nabokov
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Gnarr by Jón Gnarr
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Jacques the Fatalist by Denis Diderot
Jacques the Fatalist
by Denis Diderot
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John Dies at the End by David Wong
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Vladimir Nabokov
“I have often noticed that we are inclined to endow our friends with the stability of type that literary characters acquire in the reader's mind. [...] Whatever evolution this or that popular character has gone through between the book covers, his fate is fixed in our minds, and, similarly, we expect our friends to follow this or that logical and conventional pattern we have fixed for them. Thus X will never compose the immortal music that would clash with the second-rate symphonies he has accustomed us to. Y will never commit murder. Under no circumstances can Z ever betray us. We have it all arranged in our minds, and the less often we see a particular person, the more satisfying it is to check how obediently he conforms to our notion of him every time we hear of him. Any deviation in the fates we have ordained would strike us as not only anomalous but unethical. We could prefer not to have known at all our neighbor, the retired hot-dog stand operator, if it turns out he has just produced the greatest book of poetry his age has seen.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Herman Melville
“For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity. God keep me from ever completing anything. This whole book is but a draught—nay, but the draught of a draught. Oh, Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience!”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Herman Melville
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Herman Melville

Herman Melville
“It is not down on any map; true places never are.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Vladimir Nabokov
“I need but say that my most vivid impression in that respect was a mere trifle: one day, on Million Street in St. Petersburg, a truck packed with jolly rioters made a clumsy but accurate swerve so as to deliberately squash a passing cat which remained lying there, as a perfectly flat, neatly ironed, black rag (only the tail still belonged to a cat -- it stood upright, and the tip, I think, still moved). At the time this struck me with some deep occult meaning, but I have since have occasion to see a bus, in a bucolic Spanish village, flatten by exactly the same method an exactly similar cat, so I have become disenchanted with hidden meanings.”
Vladimir Nabokov

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