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Man with a Blue Scarf by Martin Gayford
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Gems throughout this marvelous look at the process of an artist, and the revealing and thought-provoking musings of the art critic and sitter for a portrait:

“A great deal of what is normally thought of as intelligence, he points out, is actually imag...more
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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
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read in March, 2014
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Can’t write of my reaction to Divergent without writing of Hunger Games and Harry Potter. Veronica Roth's a young and brilliant writer who I’m betting has read both Suzanne Collins and J. K. Rowling.

Tris's story didn’t grab or draw me in, as Katniss...more
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Divergent Series Complete Box Set by Veronica Roth
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
"I think I knew I would like this book when I first read, "I don't want to kiss a stranger. I'm not interested in lips out of context" (p. 85). The story of twin sisters Cath and Wren's first year of college took a while to gather steam for me, but..." Read more of this review »
Mark Bennett is on page 73 of 247 of Man with a Blue Scarf: Love love, Lucien Freud: "I am only interested in art that is in some way concerned with truth. I could not care less whether it is abstract or what form it takes."

Gayford quoting Gladwell, "Character is more like a bundle of habits and tendencies and interests, loosely bound together and dependent, at certain times, on circumstances and context." ♥
Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud
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Soul Mates by Thomas  Moore
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Not sure what to do with the thoughts/feelings that have gripped me since reading Moore’s book. Over and over he writes of the “soul-work” we’re all challenged to engage in.

And really all along the way and right to the end he’s making an argument for...more
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Rebecca Solnit
“Lost really has two disparate meanings. Losing things is about the familiar falling away, getting lost is about the unfamiliar appearing. There are objects and people that disappear from your sight or knowledge or possession; you lose a bracelet, a friend, the key. You still know where you are. Everything is familiar except that there is one item less, one missing element. Or you get lost, in which case the world has become larger than your knowledge of it. Either way, there is a loss of control. Imagine yourself streaming through time shedding gloves, umbrellas, wrenches, books, friends, homes, names. This is what the view looks like if you take a rear-facing seat on the train. Looking forward you constantly acquire moments of arrival, moments of realization, moments of discovery. The wind blows your hair back and you are greeted by what you have never seen before. The material falls away in onrushing experience. It peels off like skin from a molting snake. Of course to forget the past is to lose the sense of loss that is also memory of an absent richness and a set of clues to navigate the present by; the art is not one of forgetting but letting go. And when everything else is gone, you can be rich in loss.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Samuel Beckett
“From Beckett's "The Unnamable":

"They love each other, marry, in order to love each other better, more conveniently, he goes off to the wars, he dies at the wars, she weeps, with emotion, at having loved him, at having lost him, yep, marries again, in order to love again..., more conveniently again, they love each other, you love as many times as necessary, as necessary in order to be happy, he comes back, the other comes back, from the wars, he didn't die at the wars after all, she goes to the station, to meet him, he dies in the train, of emotion, at the thought of seeing her again, having her again, she weeps, weeps again, with emotion again, at having lost him again, yep, goes back to the house, he's dead, the other is dead, the mother-in-law takes him down, he hanged himself, with emotion, at the thought of losing her, she weeps, weeps louder, at having loved him, at having lost him, there's a story for you, that was to teach me the nature of emotion, that's called emotion, what emotion can do, given favourable conditions, what love can do, well well, so that's emotion, that's love, and trains, and the nature of trains, and the meaning of...”
Samuel Beckett, Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable

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