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Democracy by Joan Didion
by Joan Didion
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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
Eric and 26 other people liked Geoff's review of W, or the Memory of Childhood:
W, or the Memory of Childhood by Georges Perec
"Like Federman’s body of work, here Perec is undertaking the terrible task of writing around the Shoah. For Perec, such a task is unavoidable, if he, as a writer, is to write an autobiography. As he says somewhere near the beginning of this book, h..." Read more of this review »
Eric and 9 other people liked Jim Coughenour's review of The Art of the Novel:
The Art of the Novel by Milan Kundera
"I first read this book in the early 90s. Recently I was in a spirited conversation about Boccaccio's Decameron. One friend said that the stories were "enjoyable, but ultimately empty." Now my friend is a smart guy, but his remark struck me as rema..." Read more of this review »
Eric and 4 other people liked David Lentz's review of Satires and Epistles:
Satires and Epistles by Horace
"I wanted to travel back to the ancient roots of satire to see what I could learn. Horace is adept at finding paradox, which is at the heart of satire. He finds so many paradoxes in the city or "polis" that the politics of Rome drive him into the c..." Read more of this review »
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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen
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The Life and Death of Anna Mae Aquash by Johanna Brand
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Eugene Onegin, Vol. I by Alexander Pushkin
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The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys
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Timothy Findley
“I doubt we will ever be forgiven. All I hope is – they'll remember we were human beings”
Timothy Findley, The Wars

André Maurois
“In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.”
André Maurois

Guy Davenport
“When Heraclitus said that everything passes steadily along, he was not inciting us to make the best of the moment, an idea unseemly to his placid mind, but to pay attention to the pace of things. Each has its own rhythm: the nap of a dog, the procession of the equinoxes, the dances of Lydia, the majestically slow beat of the drums at Dodona, the swift runners at Olympia.”
Guy Davenport, The Geography of the Imagination: Forty Essays

William Faulkner
“You should approach Joyce's Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”
William Faulkner

Edgar Degas
“Art is vice. You don't wed it, you rape it.”
Edgar Degas
tags: art

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