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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
"This book is unusual most of all for its narrator, a high-functioning autistic boy. Author Mark Haddon does a remarkable job portraying the traits, terrors, gifts and obsessions of Christopher Boone. These include a need to feel safe, a love of ro..." Read more of this review »
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
"My Brilliant Friend, a.k.a. My Brilliant New Obsession

Believe all the hype. This is a rich, immersive, deeply satisfying book that, like many great novels, captures a particular time and place with complete authority. I can’t wait to read the othe..." Read more of this review »
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
" Excuse my crude response earlier, but I will also recommend this book. Chicago, Baltimore, and Ferguson are the reasons why. It's a frank discussion o ...more "
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Intimate Rivals by Sheila A. Smith
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Pilate and Jesus by Giorgio Agamben
Pilate and Jesus
by Giorgio Agamben
read in November, 2015
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Agamben turns his philosophical lens to perhaps a crucial moment in the Christian story - the trial and execution of Jesus of Nazarea as a prelude to his resurrection.

This essay could be read as a companion to Homo Sacer on sovereign power bare life
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China Under Mao by Andrew G. Walder
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The Making of the Modern Refugee by Peter Gatrell
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The Republic of Wine by Mo Yan
The Republic of Wine
by Mo Yan
read in November, 2015
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The Republic of Wine is a book of extremes and exaggerations. As the lone drunk staggering home from the bar goes in circles and trips over his own legs, the narrative of the story blurs, refers to itself, and gets lost in its own trains of thought. ...more
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

Albert Schweitzer
“The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...”
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Gustave Flaubert
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
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Desiderius Erasmus
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
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Notes on William T. Vollmann's Rising Up and Rising Down (Nonfiction)
6 chapters   —   updated Nov 27, 2014 09:17AM
Description: This is a compilation of the status updates I made in July 2012 while reading Rising Up and Rising Down for the first time. There's been a group effort to read through this massive work now, so I think these most unpolished summaries and notes might be helpful for anyone else reading.
2014 Reading List (Nonfiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 18, 2014 01:33PM
Description: Another incomplete list of things I would like to read over the coming year.
2013 Reading Wish List (Nonfiction)
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Description: A woefully incomplete and inadequate list of the books and topics which I'd like to pay special attention to sometime over the next year.
The Moral Calculus of William T. Vollmann (Nonfiction)
23 chapters   —   updated Sep 17, 2012 05:09PM
Description: See title. This was originally published by McSweeney's Press in 2003, as part of the companion volume to Rising Up and Rising Down.
82746 William T Vollmann Central — 130 members — last activity Nov 20, 2015 07:44AM
This corner of goodreads shall serve the needs of rainbow readers of Mr Vollmann's indulgent body of work. We welcome the veteran and the fresh flesh ...more
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Welcome to the Revival: a new, active group for /lit/. Weekly reads, voting on new books, discussion of literary events and awards, polls and more. A ...more
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A group for those attempting to complete, or who have completed, the canons of their favourite writers. Share your canon-wide knowledge and opinion wi ...more
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