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"and so it winds to the end...*shiver*..." Jul 08, 2014 07:02PM

Vanity Fair: A No...

matt matt said: "Ok, ok...I'm reading this as a break between books for classes in Grad School. Is that the dorkiest thing you could ever imagine? Yes. It is. It just is.

But the first two pages, the author's introduction....greatest two pages of introductory prose I'...more

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Kelly is on page 30 of 296 of The Rings of Saturn: Time and again, vast dust clouds drifted through Flaubert's dreams by day and by night, raised over the arid plains of Africa and moving north across the Mediterranean and the Iberian peninsula till they settled like ash from a fire on the Tuileries gardens, a suburb of Rouen or a country town in Normandy... In a grain of sand in the hem of Emma Bovary's winter gown, said Janine, Flaubert saw the whole of the Sahara.
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Rowena is on page 148 of 432 of The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 6: "The people I find irresistible are those in whom the child was not killed. The qualities of openness, trust, inquisitiveness, tenderness, eagerness, enthusiasm, others undefinable, come from the child in us and are the source of charm. The laughter and the smile that do not calculate, the spontaneity that is not arrested..."
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Eric is on page 65 of 403 of The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony: "Dionysus's phallus is more hallucinogenic than coercive."
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William Faulkner
“In a strange room you must empty yourself for sleep. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep, what are you. And when you are emptied for sleep you are not. And when you are filled with sleep, you never were. I don't know what I am. I don't know if I am or not.”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

Shel Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more--that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut--my eyes are blue--
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke--
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is--what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is. . .Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!”
Shel Silverstein

Stephen Fry
“It may be that The Great Gatsby is as perfect, word for word, just in terms of English; but Ulysses is deeper, richer, wider – and is comic, whereas The Great Gatsby is a tragic novel. And I think all great art is comic art.

Stephen Fry

Ben Jonson
“Drink today, and drown all sorrow;
You shall perhaps not do it tomorrow;
Best, while you have it, use your breath;
There is no drinking after death.”
Ben Jonson

Pauline Kael
“Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.”
Pauline Kael

The Mussels (Home & Garden)
10 chapters   —   updated Dec 19, 2012 01:58AM
Description: a whimsical and deeply pessimistic deconstruction of contemporary beach culture
From A Red Notebook (Poetry)
5 chapters   —   updated Feb 10, 2009 11:37PM
Description: Here are some poems old and new. Some are very old, some are very new. Either way, hope you enjoy and kindly leave a word if you are so moved
1433 Literature & Film — 254 members — last activity Jun 26, 2013 10:59AM
For those with a love/hate relationship to seeing their favorite books on film.
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Join us on Friday, March 7th, for a special discussion with author Gary Shteyngart! The author will be discussing his book Little Failure. Become a fan...more
25x33 Great reference book reading — 9 members — last activity Apr 10, 2012 03:20PM
For lovers of good reference books. We touch these wonderful books more frequently than any other yet we rarely celebrate them. Which do you LOVE?
82196 SHROOMZ UNITE! — 46 members — last activity Feb 27, 2014 01:41PM
All was well in the land of Shroomz... that is, until the Hive aliens attacked. Join with your friends on a mission to destroy the evil aliens that w...more
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2011 Reading Challenge
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