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Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas
"pure unadulterated architectural self-aggrandizement. completely pretentious crap. some interesting material, but you have to wade through every other sentence of bullshit metaphysical declarations that this guy just pulls out of his ass."
Delirious New York by Rem Koolhaas
"The main thing I learned from this book is that architects have incredible freedom in establishing their own narratives. It helps when it is done masterfully, as is the case here.

Seemingly unrelated and sometimes arbitrary elements intermingle to..." Read more of this review »
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The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Bone Clocks
by David Mitchell
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I love, love, loved about 9/10 of this book! The story was intriguing in a sci fi/literary way that could be compared to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake. The book is divided into five (six?) parts that progress through time from the 1980's to 2043. ...more
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Art of the 20th Century by Karl Ruhrberg
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Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
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Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
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Lost interest after about 160 pages. Oh well.
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
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Tyler and 163 other people liked Emma's review of Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales:
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm
"If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.
― Albert Einstein

After being gifted this beautiful edition of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, I decided to be a..." Read more of this review »
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Chinua Achebe
“At the most one could say that his chi or ... personal god was good. But the Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly; so his chi agreed. ”
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

“The facts were strongly behind his client. But the legal battle could be drawn out for months; no one stood to gain except the lawyers. Ghandi was not interested in making a profit out of legal briefs and empty arguments. He was determined to serve the best interests of both sides. Dada Abdulla and his opponent were blood relations, and every day the case dragged on only drove in deeper the wedge that was splitting their family in two. With much talking Ghandi persuaded both sides to submit to arbitration and settle out of court. Even more talking was necessary to get Dada Abdulla to agree on terms which would not bankrupt the loser, but in the end both sides were satisfied. Ghandi was ecstatic. "I had learnt," he exclaimed, "the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men's hearts. I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.”
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Harper Lee
“As a reader I loathe introductions...Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Philip Roth
“You get them wrong before you meet them, while you're anticipating meeting them; you get them wrong while you're with them; and then you go home to tell somebody else about the meeting and you get them all wrong again. Since the same generally goes for them with you, the whole thing is really a dazzling illusion. ... The fact remains that getting people right is not what living is all about anyway. It's getting them wrong that is living, getting them wrong and wrong and wrong and then, on careful reconsideration, getting them wrong again. That's how we know we're alive: we're wrong. Maybe the best thing would be to forget being right or wrong about people and just go along for the ride. But if you can do that -- well, lucky you.”
Philip Roth, American Pastoral

John Steinbeck
“It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”
John Steinbeck, Cannery Row
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