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Acedia and Its Discontents by R.J. Snell
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
"Picked this up at a library sale for my 2017 Reading for Growth Challenge: a book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection.

Everyone in this play starts out dysfunctional and it all just crescendoes from there. Just when you think you're at the l..." Read more of this review »
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
" Matt wrote: "Interested in what you think when you finish."

I will. I love Faber. I'll have to actually go back and read Crimson Petal (what a monster)
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Silence by Shūsaku Endō
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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
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Death Comes for the Deconstructionist by Daniel Taylor
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Loved it for its ambition, although I wish the mystery was a bit more present (in terms of incident) and the main character a bit more hard-boiled or noir-esque (the main character is a schizophrenic grad-school dropout investigating a murder in the ...more
Magic and Loss by Virginia Heffernan
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The jacket copy invites comparisons to McLuhan and Sontag. The author states an intent to create a "complete aesthetics--and poetics--of the Internet." Wowza!

The book is a series of small (Internet sized?) essays, each of them erudite but breezy. Hef
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William  Martin
“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
William Martin, The Parent's Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

D.H. Lawrence
“I am not a mechanism, an assembly of various sections.
and it is not because the mechanism is working wrongly, that I am ill.
I am ill because of wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self,
and the wounds to the soul take a long, long time, only time can help
and patience, and a certain difficult repentance
long difficult repentance, realization of life’s mistake, and the freeing oneself
from the endless repetition of the mistake
which mankind at large has chosen to sanctify.”
D.H. Lawrence

Marcel Proust
“What best remind us of a person is precisely what we had forgotten (because it was of no importance, and we therefore left it in full possession of its strength). That is why the better part of our memories exist outside us, in a blatter of rain, in the smell of an unaired room or of the first crackling brushwood fire in a cold grate: wherever, in short, we happen upon what our mind, having no use for it, had rejected, the last treasure that the past has in store, the richest, that which, when all our flow of tears seems to have dried at the source, can make us weep again. Outside us? Within us, rather, but hidden from our eyes in an oblivion more or less prolonged. It is thanks to this oblivion alone that we can from time to time recover the person that we were, place ourselves in relation to things as he was placed, suffer anew because we are no longer ourselves but he, and because he loved what now leaves us indifferent. In the broad daylight of our habitual memory the images of the past turn gradually pale and fade out of sight, nothing remains of them, we shall never recapture it. Or rather we should never recapture it had not a few words been carefully locked away in oblivion, just as an author deposits in the National Library a copy of a book which might otherwise become unobtainable.”
Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2

“Man was made to lead with his chin; he is worth knowing only with his guard down, his head up and his heart rampant on his sleeve.”
Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection

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“Having to read footnotes resembles having to go downstairs to answer the door while in the midst of making love.”
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