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“He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
dotting ones "it’s" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,
that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
she who does not find grace in herself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops
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Martha Medeiros
Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
Train Dreams
by Denis Johnson
read in December, 2012
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Me Cheeta by James Lever
" I read this book a couple of years ago but want to recommend it. It's amongst the most profound yet unpretentious (ie funny and perceptive) books I've ...more "
Me Cheeta by James Lever
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The Sea by John Banville
" I found this for 50p in a thrift shop in Ormskirk. Read it when I was feeling ill. The narrator was such a bulging, finickity, obsessive, patronising, ...more "
Eye Mind by Paul Drummond
" I was given this book as a gift and it was really interesting. It seems that -not surprisingly, I suppose- you get (got) a different kind of psychedel ...more "
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Stealing the Mona Lisa by Darian Leader
"Fascinating and dense, and most importantly made me think about art in a way i hadn't for many years. So it uses the premise of the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911, and the subsequent phenomena of people flocking to view the empty space, as a gatew..." Read more of this review »
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“He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes pace,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak and does not experience,
dies slowly.

He or she who shuns passion,
who prefers black on white,
dotting ones "it’s" rather than a bundle of emotions, the kind that make your eyes glimmer,
that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings,
dies slowly.

He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
die slowly.

He who does not travel, who does not read,
who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself,
she who does not find grace in herself,
dies slowly.

He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his own bad luck, about the rain that never stops,
dies slowly.

He or she who abandon a project before starting it, who fail to ask questions on subjects he doesn't know, he or she who don't reply when they are asked something they do know,
die slowly.

Let's try and avoid death in small doses,
reminding oneself that being alive requires an effort far greater than the simple fact of breathing.

Only a burning patience will lead
to the attainment of a splendid happiness.”
Martha Medeiros

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