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At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
At the Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft
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Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash
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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
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If you want to understand more about what’s been going on lately with recent phenomena like #BlackLivesMatter, or rather more specifically the conditions that led to WHY it came about in the first place ever since the Civil Rights Movement happened, ...more
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States of Denial by Stanley Cohen
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The Once and Future King by T.H. White
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So I originally had to read the first half of this book for school years ago, but I never actually got around to finishing the latter half till now. Incidentally, I enjoyed the second half of this book way more than the first half this time around.

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The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel
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Indonesia, Etc. by Elizabeth Pisani
Indonesia, Etc.: Exploring the Improbable Nation
by Elizabeth Pisani (Goodreads Author)
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An interesting introductory overview to Indonesia from a Westerner's perspective. This book is primarily an account of the sabbatical year Pisani took traveling throughout the country around 2012 and her interactions with the locals, with occasional ...more
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The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft
The Colour Out of Space
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A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
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Morbidly Catholic. Probably the most appropriate way to describe this collection.

Just about all of the stories in this collection deal with Catholic- or well, really, Christian- conceptions of morality in the context of the American South, and all of
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Ira Glass
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
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James Joyce
“When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.”
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Joss Whedon
“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.”
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