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On Being Blue by William H. Gass
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Fionnuala is on page 50 of 272 of Watt: The bitter laugh laughs at that which is not good, it is the ethical laugh. The hollow laugh laughs at that which is not true, it is the intellectual laugh. But the mirthless laugh is the dianoetic laugh, down the snout--Haw!---so. It is the laugh of laughs, the 'risus purus', the laugh laughing at the laugh, the beholding, the saluting of the highest joke, in a word the laugh that laughs at that which is unhappy.
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A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton
A Backward Glance
by Edith Wharton
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A Backward Glance: An Autobiography takes readers up to 1934, but Wharton's account of the years post-1918 barely amount to an epilogue. She is not desolate, she still draws from her usual sources of joy. Writing, reading, the conversation of a circl ...more
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Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
"A philosophy of life is more terrible than syphilis and people - you have to give them credit - take every precaution not to become infected. Especially by a philosophy of life.

Obscure authors are only exhumed with praise, not sober reflections on..." Read more of this review »
Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
"A Latin-American "Lolita" Lite or: Don't Let The Title Scare You (This Isn't A Dirty Old Man Book)

It’s been years since I've read anything by Gabriel García Márquez, and so this little book, while not as grand, sweeping or substantial as the works..." Read more of this review »
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Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis
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Democracy by Joan Didion
Democracy
by Joan Didion
read in April, 2015
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The first meeting of Inez Christian and Jack Lovett at the ballet - the beginning of Lovett's "grave attraction" that would last over twenty years - is the sexiest scene I've read in a while:

Cissy Christian smoking a cigarette in her white jade holde
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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen
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The Pure and the Impure by Colette
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