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Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
"The problem is that my edition (the Library of America one) is the COMPLETE Poe. 1400 pages of Poe. That is far, far too much Poe.

If you took the very best stories and poems from here and put them in one edition, you would for sure have a five sta..." Read more of this review »
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Poetry and Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
Poetry and Tales
by Edgar Allan Poe
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American Science Fiction by Gary K. Wolfe
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The Sheltering Sky, Let it Come Down, The Spider's House by Paul Bowles
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He opened his eyes. The room was malignant. It was empty. “Now, at last, I must fight against this room.” But later he had a moment of vertiginous clarity. He was at the edge of a realm where each thought, each image, had an arbitrary existence, wher ...more
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No. Not in her eyes, the eyes that are still closed when you draw back your face after you've decided that the kiss, or rather the kisses, have gone on long enough, the eyes that just now are slowly opening, blinking up at you, as though she's waking ...more
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Revival, Vol. 1 by Tim Seeley
Revival, Vol. 1: You're Among Friends
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Bertolt Brecht by Stephen Parker
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For the anti-Fascist emigre, the USA's continuing neutrality in the war was deeply frustrating. He could not forget the 'butchery 15,000 kilometers away, which is deciding our fate across Europe at its broadest point, is only an echo in the hubbub of ...more
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Collected Shorter Poems by Kenneth Rexroth
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Paul Bowles
“You will find yourself among people.
There is no help for this
nor should you want it otherwise.
The passages where no one waits are dark
and hard to navigate.
The wet walls touch your shoulders on each side.
When the trees were there I cared that they were there.
And now they are gone, does it matter?
The passages where no one waits go on
and give no promise of an end.
You will find yourself among people,
Faces, clothing, teeth and hair
and words, and many words
When there was life, I said that life was wrong.
What do I say now? You understand?”
Paul Bowles

Thomas Bernhard
“Unfulfilled Wish

A woman in Atzbach was murdered by her husband because, in his opinion, she had carried the wrong child with her to safety from their burning house. She had not saved their eight-year old son, for whom the man had special plans, but had saved their daughter, who was not loved by the husband. When the husband was asked, in the District Court in Wels, what plans he had had for his son, who had been completely consumed by the fire, the husband replied that he had intended him to be an anarchist and a mass murderer of dictatorships and thus a destroyer of the state.”
Thomas Bernhard, The Voice Imitator

“Six Lines

I know that in this world no one needs me,
me, a word-beggar in the Jewish graveyard
Who needs a poem, especially in Yiddish?

Only what is hopeless on this earth has beauty
and only the ephemeral is godly
and humility is the only true rebellion”
Aaron Zeitlin

Guy Maddin
“27 July

Rage-thought to live by: in The General, Buster gets so annoyed at his girlfriend's stupidity for stoking the engine with tiny pieces of wood, he facetiously gives her little toothpicks - which she dutifully feeds into the fire. He then stares at her in disbelief, then delights in her anyway and leaps at her with a kiss. Sweet axiom!”
Guy Maddin, From the Atelier Tovar: Selected Writings

Lars Gustafsson
“The usual heresy consists in denying the existence of a god who has created us. It is a much more interesting heresy to imagine that possibly a god has created us and then to say that there isn't the least reason for us to be impressed by that fact. And certainly not to be thankful for it.”
Lars Gustafsson, The Death of a Beekeeper

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