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World War Z by Max Brooks
“you understand economics? I mean big-time, prewar, global capitalism. Do you get how it worked? I don’t, and anyone who says they do is full of shit. There are no rules, no scientific absolutes. You win, you lose, it’s a total crapshoot. The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. “Fear,” he used to say, “fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe.” That blew me away. “Turn on the TV,” he’d say. “What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products.” Fuckin’ A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells. That was my mantra. “Fear sells.” When”
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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It was OK, but I'm afraid I just don't much enjoy Dickens. I know that's my problem. Maybe they'll invent a surgical procedure some time that will allow me to correct it."
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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations
by Charles Dickens
read in February, 2016
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Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin
Beauty Salon
by Mario Bellatin
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Bag of Bones by Stephen King
Bag of Bones
by Stephen King (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2016
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Too long man. I went through 114 pages only to learn that
1. A mediocre writer who wants to see self on any top 20 bestseller list must write at least once a year. (Though sometimes other writers will get 2 ideas in a year and that will present probl
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The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke
The Long Goodbye
by Meghan O'Rourke
read in December, 2015
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore
by Haruki Murakami
read in December, 2015
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A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
A Grief Observed
by C.S. Lewis
read in November, 2015
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Too much God. Left at 3/4th. This is the only thing worth reading:

"Today I had to meet a man I haven't seen for 10 years. And all that time I had thought I was remembering him well-how he looked and spoke and the sort of things he said. The first fi
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Mourning Diary by Roland Barthes
Mourning Diary
by Roland Barthes
read in November, 2015
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"Why is it that I no longer bear traveling? Why is it that I keep trying, like a lost child, to "get back home" - though maman is no longer there?

Continuing to "speak" to maman (shared language being a kind of presence) is not affected by internal di
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The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf
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It's a decent book and that's about it. People should stop pretending it's something else than a memoir of a cartoonist living in a small Syrian village. People are critiquing it as if this was the sum total of the Arabic history. You should not base ...more
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“he was obliged to confess that the true essence of a writer's work is usually unknown to him. He recalled the case of Swift, who, when he wrote Gulliver's Travels, tried to bring an indictment against all humanity but actually left a book for children.”
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Max Brooks
“you understand economics? I mean big-time, prewar, global capitalism. Do you get how it worked? I don’t, and anyone who says they do is full of shit. There are no rules, no scientific absolutes. You win, you lose, it’s a total crapshoot. The only rule that ever made sense to me I learned from a history, not an economics, professor at Wharton. “Fear,” he used to say, “fear is the most valuable commodity in the universe.” That blew me away. “Turn on the TV,” he’d say. “What are you seeing? People selling their products? No. People selling the fear of you having to live without their products.” Fuckin’ A, was he right. Fear of aging, fear of loneliness, fear of poverty, fear of failure. Fear is the most basic emotion we have. Fear is primal. Fear sells. That was my mantra. “Fear sells.” When”
Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Howard Zinn
“Revenge! Workingmen, to Arms!!! . . . You have for years endured the most abject humiliations; . . . you have worked yourself to death . . . your Children you have sacrificed to the factory lord—in short: you have been miserable and obedient slaves all these years: Why? To satisfy the insatiable greed, to fill the coffers of your lazy thieving master? When you ask them now to lessen your burdens, he sends his bloodhounds out to shoot you, kill you! . . . To arms we call you, to arms!”
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

Howard Zinn
“Every now and then I am impressed with the thinking of the non-Indian. I was in Cleveland last year and got to talking with a non-Indian about American history. He said that he was really sorry about what had happened to Indians, but that there was a good reason for it. The continent had to be developed and he felt that Indians had stood in the way, and thus had had to be removed. “After all,” he remarked, “what did you do with the land when you had it?” I didn’t understand him until later when I discovered that the Cuyahoga River running through Cleveland is inflammable. So many combustible pollutants are dumped into the river that the inhabitants have to take special precautions during the summer to avoid setting it on fire. After reviewing the argument of my non-Indian friend I decided that he was probably correct. Whites had made better use of the land. How many Indians could have thought of creating an inflammable river?”
Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present

“Can an author create characters superior to himself? I would say no and in that negation include both the intellectual and the moral. I believe that from us cannot emerge creatures more lucid or more noble than our best moments.”
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