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Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen
"I'm throwing in the towel. I almost never walk away from a book I've started even when the going gets tough or I've soured on the whole thing. To make it a third of the way through and give up isn't something I've ever done before. I really wanted..." Read more of this review »
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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
Collected Fictions
by Jorge Luis Borges
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
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What a disappointment. I've read a bunch of these from different years and this is by far the worst. Even with one of my favorite writers (Zadie Smith) included (hers was great though).

It starts off horrendous and gets better. Robert Atwan's forward
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Ralph Ellison
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.”
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“I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied”
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Ralph Ellison
“For, like almost everyone else in our country, I started out with my share of optimism. I believed in hard work and progress and action, but now, after first being 'for' society and then 'against' it, I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities. What a phrase - still it's a good phrase and a good view of life, and a man shouldn't accept any other; that much I've learned underground. Until some gang succeeds in putting the world in a strait jacket, its definition is possibility.”
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Robert A. Heinlein
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
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Ntozake Shange
“i found god in myself
and i loved her
i loved her fiercely”
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