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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Amazing, beautiful, wrenching. More thoughts to come.
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God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
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This one wasn't for me.
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God Help the Child by Toni Morrison
"This novel is really not good...The reviews have been studiously polite but have been gesturing to the deficits in the book, which are considerable. I say this not to discredit Toni Morrison because I love her work. But the elements of this novel..." Read more of this review »
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In My Home There Is No More Sorrow by Rick Bass
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This is basically an extended travel essay, plus an uneasy meditation on the experience of being a white American among black Rwandans, seventeen years after America declined to do any good during the 1994 genocide. Bass was invited to go to Rwanda a ...more
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My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me by Jennifer Teege
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This is a fascinating story. Jennifer Teege, a German woman of mixed German and Nigerian descent, was browsing books in a library one day when she happened to pick one out because of its intriguing title: I Have to Love My Father, Don't I? Its author ...more
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A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
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I'd heard of this book, or probably I'd heard of the movie made from it. I'm not a Titanic superfan, I'm not particularly interested in the golden era of cruise liners or Edwardian history or things nautical. But this is such an incredible story, it ...more
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Dark Rain by Mat Johnson
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A good guy makes a bad mistake, goes to prison, then has to cope with the world that leaves him. He also happens to be an underwater munitions specialist, and he knows a guy who knows a guy who wants to rob a bank in New Orleans after Katrina hits. Y ...more
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The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson
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Sex, Love, and Fashion by Bruce Hulse
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Oh my God, I got this because I had a whim to know more about the business of male modeling. This is not a book about male modeling. This is a book about being an incurable hound dog, a name-dropper, a pretentious asshole, and the biggest narcissist ...more
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Billion-Dollar Ball by Gilbert M. Gaul
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Joss Whedon
“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”
Joss Whedon

Isaac Asimov
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.”
Isaac Asimov

Charles Bukowski
“the writing of some
is like a vast bridge
that carries you
the many things
that claw and tear.

The Wine of Forever”
Charles Bukowski, Love is a Dog from Hell

Brenda Ueland
“The imagination needs moodling,--long, inefficient happy idling, dawdling and puttering. ”
Brenda Ueland

Michael Chabon
“The problem, if anything, was precisely the opposite. I had too much to write:

too many fine and miserable buildings to construct and streets to name and clock towers to set chiming,

too many characters to raise up from the dirt like flowers whose petals I peeled down to the intricate frail organs within,

too many terrible genetic and fiduciary secrets to dig up and bury and dig up again,

too many divorces to grant,

heirs to disinherit,

trysts to arrange,

letters to misdirect into evil hands,

innocent children to slay with rheumatic fever,

women to leave unfulfilled and hopeless,

men to drive to adultery and theft,

fires to ignite at the hearts of ancient houses. ”
Michael Chabon, Wonder Boys

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