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Ploughshares Winter 2015-2016 / Volume 41, No. 4 by Mark Turpin
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The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer
The Dream of Perpetual Motion
by Dexter Palmer
read in February, 2016
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I'm so disgruntled with this book. It has a strong beginning, it twists in odd (and unnecessary) details in the middle, and then the conclusion drops a whole sack of painful, beautiful feelings on you. It's so hard to ignore the parts I didn't like w ...more
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Peter and the Sword of Mercy by Dave Barry
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The Starcatchers trilogy is charming. I didn't even know there was a fourth book until I stumbled upon it at the bookstore, and naturally I had to swipe it up.

Unfortunately... it lacks a lot of what made the first three books special. I was skeptical
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington
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The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
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I read the entirety of this one to and from North Carolina, while on multiple airplanes and the time between transfers, and in a sense I'm glad I read it in one sweep. You almost have to, in order to keep track of what's going on, if you understand w ...more
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Look at Me by Jennifer Egan
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by Jennifer Egan (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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I knew I'd be engulfed in this one straight from the start: Charlotte, a fashion model, miraculously survives a fiery car wreck. But it leaves her with multiple surgeries to repair her face—including eighty titanium screws to hold it together—which c ...more
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“& only as you gasp your dying breath shall you understand, your life amounted to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean!
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“a true piece of writing is a dangerous thing. It can change your life.”
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Ayn Rand
“to cheat your way into a job bigger than your mind can handle is to become a fear-corroded ape on borrowed motions and borrowed time, and to settle down into a job that requires less than your mind’s full capacity is to cut your motor and sentence yourself to another kind of motion: decay - that your work is the process of achieving your values, and to lose your ambition for values is to lose your ambition to live - that your body is a machine, but your mind is its driver, and you must drive as far as your mind will take you, with achievement as the goal of your road - that the man who has no purpose is a machine that coasts downhill at the mercy of any boulder to crash in the first chance ditch, that the man who stifles his mind is a stalled machine slowly going to rust, that the man who lets a leader prescribe his course is a wreck being towed to the scrap heap, and the man who makes another man his goal is a hitchhiker no driver should ever pick up - that your work is the purpose of your life, and you must speed past any killer who assumes the right to stop you, that any value you might find outside your work, any other loyalty or love, can be only travelers you choose to share your journey and must be travelers going on their own power in the same direction.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Amy Hempel
“if it's true your life flashes past your eyes before you die, then it is also the truth that your life rushes forth when you are ready to start to truly be alive.”
Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories

Herman Melville
“Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could for ever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those far mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of the demon phantom that, some time or other, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over this round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Hilary Mantel
“Over the city lies the sweet, rotting odor of yesterday's unrecollected sins.”
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