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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Yes Please
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Amy Poehler is honest and not afraid to humblebrag. Yes Please is her autobiography, focusing on how her creativity has grown and changed with her from childhood into her career at SNL and Parks & Rec.

As I listened to the audiobook, I didn't laug
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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“Hello,” he said. “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
“Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the Universe than we do now.”
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
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Absolutely a new favorite book of all time for me. A great reco from a new friend, and I have no idea how to return the favor. This was a delightful book of back-and-forth letters, a simple story with fantastic characters. Definitely read it!
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Douglas Adams
“Another thing that got forgotten was the fact that against all probability a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence several miles above the surface of an alien planet.

And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this poor innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then had to come to terms with not being a whale any more.

This is a complete record of its thoughts from the moment it began its life till the moment it ended it.

Ah … ! What’s happening? it thought.

Er, excuse me, who am I?

Hello?

Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life?

What do I mean by who am I?

Calm down, get a grip now … oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It’s a sort of … yawning, tingling sensation in my … my … well I suppose I’d better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway in what for the sake of what I shall call an argument I shall call the world, so let’s call it my stomach.

Good. Ooooh, it’s getting quite strong. And hey, what’s about this whistling roaring sound going past what I’m suddenly going to call my head? Perhaps I can call that … wind! Is that a good name? It’ll do … perhaps I can find a better name for it later when I’ve found out what it’s for. It must be something very important because there certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of it. Hey! What’s this thing? This … let’s call it a tail – yeah, tail. Hey! I can can really thrash it about pretty good can’t I? Wow! Wow! That feels great! Doesn’t seem to achieve very much but I’ll probably find out what it’s for later on. Now – have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?

No.

Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, I’m quite dizzy with anticipation …

Or is it the wind?

There really is a lot of that now isn’t it?

And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

William Goldman
“Hello,” he said. “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

John Green
“Yeah, about the test...

The test will measure whether you are an informed, engaged, and productive citizen of the world, and it will take place in schools and bars and hospitals and dorm rooms and in places of worship. You will be tested on first dates, in job interviews, while watching football, and while scrolling through your Twitter feed. The test will judge your ability to think about things other than celebrity marriages, whether you’ll be easily persuaded by empty political rhetoric, and whether you’ll be able to place your life and your community in a broader context. The test will last your entire life, and it will be comprised of the millions of decisions that, when taken together, will make your life yours. And everything, everything, will be on it.

...I know, right?”
John Green

Daniel Goleman
“The argument has long been made that we humans are by nature compassionate and empathic despite the occasional streak of meanness, but torrents of bad news throughout history have contradicted that claim, and little sound science has backed it. But try this thought experiment. Imagine the number of opportunities people around the world today might have to commit an antisocial act, from rape or murder to simple rudeness and dishonesty. Make that number the bottom of a fraction. Now for the top value you put the number of such antisocial acts that will actually occur today.

That ratio of potential to enacted meanness holds at close to zero any day of the year. And if for the top value you put the number of benevolent acts performed in a given day, the ratio of kindness to cruelty will always be positive. (The news, however, comes to us as though that ratio was reversed.)

Harvard's Jerome Kagan proposes this mental exercise to make a simple point about human nature: the sum total of goodness vastly outweighs that of meanness. 'Although humans inherit a biological bias that permits them to feel anger, jealousy, selfishness and envy, and to be rude, aggressive or violent,' Kagan notes, 'they inherit an even stronger biological bias for kindness, compassion, cooperation, love and nurture – especially toward those in need.' This inbuilt ethical sense, he adds, 'is a biological feature of our species.”
Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Kathryn Stockett
“I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.”
Kathryn Stockett, The Help

Going Under (Drama)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 28, 2011 12:36PM
Description: Writing Prompt: "You are in the operating room and are slowly being put under to have your gall bladder removed. Just as you are dosing off, you notice the doctor entering the room isn't the doctor scheduled to operate on you."
The Daily Adventures of Danny Ratsmith (Children's Books)
1 chapters   —   updated Oct 01, 2010 08:31AM
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To Test the Spirits (Horror)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 30, 2009 08:56PM
Description: An exercise in suspense and fear
Touching (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 22, 2009 12:39PM
Description: This was a 45 minute writing exercise, where I "write what I know." It IS a writing exercise, meant to help me get better, so if you can lend a hand, or throw some encouragement... good on you!
The Last First Date (Humor)
1 chapters   —   updated Jun 22, 2009 12:34PM
Description: Maureen Stape loved dating, but hated first dates.
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