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James James said: " Do you think sometimes people [readers] can put too much emphasis on novels. To the point of obsession. Base too much of their lives on them?

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James James said: "The story of Christy Brown is an exceptional one.

I recommend seeing the film My Left Foot, in which Daniel Day Louis (one of my favorite actors, and one of the most menacing)plays Christy Brown.

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James James said: "I just started this one, but I was unaware until recently that this is the book Freud himself acknowledged as his best.

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Do you think sometimes people [readers] can put too much emphasis on novels. To the point of obsession. Base too much of their lives on them?

"It's wonderful that literature can have that kind of effect on people. On the other hand, it's a little sa...more
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The Stranger by Albert Camus
" The Stranger is considered by many to be one of the most important philosophical novels of the 20th Century. In most college courses on Existentialism (a philosophy which holds that human beings create the meaning and essence of their own lives) T... " Read more of this review »
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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy #1)
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Your point about teaching Of Mice and Men in school is an interesting one, however, many teens can relate to the darker themes of the book, for...more
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Joseph Brodsky
“There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
Joseph Brodsky

Aristotle
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”
Aristotle

Charles Dickens
“I had considered how the things that never happen, are often as much realities to us, in their effects, as those that are accomplished.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Tom Robbins
“Suppose neutral angels were able to talk, Yahweh and Lucifer – God and Satan, to use their popular titles – into settling out of court. What would be the terms of the compromise? Specifically, how would they divide the assets of their early kingdom?

Would God be satisfied the loaves and fishes and itty-bitty thimbles of Communion wine, while Satan to have the red-eye gravy, eighteen-ounce New York Stakes, and buckets of chilled champagne? Would God really accept twice-a-month lovemaking for procreative purposes and give Satan the all night, no-holds-barred, nasty “can’t-get-enough-of-you” hot-as-hell-fucks?

Think about it. Would Satan get New Orleans, Bangkok, and the French Riviera and God get Salt Lake City? Satan get ice hockey, God get horseshoes? God get bingo, Satan get stud poker? Satan get LSD; God, Prozac? God get Neil Simon; Satan Oscar Wilde?”
Tom Robbins

Gore Vidal
“The unfed mind devours itself.”
Gore Vidal

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