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You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
You Are Not a Gadget
by Jaron Lanier
read in July, 2014
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I liked the thirty pages I read of this book, but reading the whole thing proved to be too challenging.

It's a very technical text, the kind someone might be assigned in a theoretical computer history class or something. I enjoyed the ruminations on c...more
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The Way the World Works by Nicholson Baker
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I read more of this for school, so most of this "review" is my discussion board post copy/pasted.

I flipped through Nicholson Baker's essay collection The Way the World Works. Baker is an author of fiction (from semi-autobiographical stream-of-consci...more
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She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
She's Come Undone
by Wally Lamb
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I love this book back in high school, so I expected to hate it now. While I don't love it anymore, I didn't hate it as much as I thought.

Despite its sometimes problematic symbolism (fat girl heart whale), the book is competently written and chock-fu...more
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Joshua Gross is 75% done with Finger Lickin' Fifteen: Stephanie has blown up two cars and her apartment was bombed and Lula set her parents backyard on fire. Oh and she gave Morelli and his dog diarrhea.
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Jasper Fforde
“Good. Item seven. The had had and that that problem. Lady Cavendish, weren’t you working on this?’

Lady Cavendish stood up and gathered her thoughts. ‘Indeed. The uses of had had and that that have to be strictly controlled; they can interrupt the imaginotransference quite dramatically, causing readers to go back over the sentence in confusion, something we try to avoid.’

‘Go on.’

‘It’s mostly an unlicensed-usage problem. At the last count David Copperfield alone had had had had sixty three times, all but ten unapproved. Pilgrim’s Progress may also be a problem due to its had had/that that ratio.’

‘So what’s the problem in Progress?’

‘That that had that that ten times but had had had had only thrice. Increased had had usage had had to be overlooked, but not if the number exceeds that that that usage.’

‘Hmm,’ said the Bellman, ‘I thought had had had had TGC’s approval for use in Dickens? What’s the problem?’

‘Take the first had had and that that in the book by way of example,’ said Lady Cavendish. ‘You would have thought that that first had had had had good occasion to be seen as had, had you not? Had had had approval but had had had not; equally it is true to say that that that that had had approval but that that other that that had not.’

‘So the problem with that other that that was that…?’

‘That that other-other that that had had approval.’

‘Okay’ said the Bellman, whose head was in danger of falling apart like a chocolate orange, ‘let me get this straight: David Copperfield, unlike Pilgrim’s Progress, had had had, had had had had. Had had had had TGC’s approval?’

There was a very long pause. ‘Right,’ said the Bellman with a sigh, ‘that’s it for the moment. I’ll be giving out assignments in ten minutes. Session’s over – and let’s be careful out there.”
Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

Nicholson Baker
“Carpe diem' doesn't mean seize the day--it means something gentler and more sensible. 'Carpe diem' means pluck the day. Carpe, pluck. Seize the day would be "cape diem," if my school Latin servies. No R. Very different piece of advice. What Horace had in mind was that you should gently pull on the day's stem, as if it were, say, a wildflower or an olive, holding it with all the practiced care of your thumb and the side of your finger, which knows how to not crush easily crushed things--so that the day's stalk or stem undergoes increasing tension and draws to a thinness, and a tightness, and then snaps softly away at its weakest point, perhaps leaking a little milky sap, and the flower, or the fruit, is released in your hand. Pluck the cranberry or blueberry of the day tenderly free without damaging it, is what Horace meant--pick the day, harvest the day, reap the day, mow the day, forage the day. Don't freaking grab the day in your fist like a burger at a fairground and take a big chomping bite out of it. That's not the kind of man that Horace was.”
Nicholson Baker, The Anthologist

Terry Pratchett
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
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Terry Pratchett
“It's still magic even if you know how it's done.”
Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

Jasper Fforde
“After all, reading is arguably a far more creative and imaginative process than writing; when the reader creates emotion in their head, or the colors of the sky during the setting sun, or the smell of a warm summer's breeze on their face, they should reserve as much praise for themselves as they do for the writer - perhaps more.”
Jasper Fforde, The Well of Lost Plots

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2011 Reading Challenge
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