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Manuel Augusto Antão

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I'm often asked by people, who don't read, why I read so much? I invariably answer: "Because I don't want to die stupid". That's what I do. I read and I know things...

I am a book addict and the genre matters not as long as the prose sings to me. Vocationally I am also a Systems Engineer and avocationally a Book Reviewer. In the early days I felt like I had been skimming too much and not really getting much out of my reading. Then came Close Reading and Book Reviewing. And nothing was ever the same.

What it means to me to be a critic/reviewer? For a lot of readers, a “reviewer” or “critic” is an embittered failed novelist or worse, a barely restrained serial rapist. Book critics may take the form of a dilettante, theorist, essayist, or even
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Mother of Language: "Pen and Pencil Drawing Techniques" by Harry Borgman

Being able to draw, oh my. I fall in and out of love with charcoal, and have pushed myself to love (and thus hate) pa
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Magisterial Skill: "The Fundamentals Of Drawing: A Complete Professional Course For Artists" by Barrington Barber


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Anatomy Sketching: "Advice for a Young Investigator" by Santiago Ramón y Cajal


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Sketching People on the Go: "Draw People in 15 Minutes" by Jake Spicer

To doodle or not to doodle that is the question.

I use various makes of paper and card to draw on. Some of the cheap one
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“Nobody sees anybody truly but all through the flaws of their own egos. That is the way we all see each other in life."

[As quoted in Elia Kazan's autobiography, A Life (1988)]”
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“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
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“He acts like an animal, has an animal's habits! Eats like one, moves like one, talks like one! [...] Thousands and thousands of years have passed him right by, and there he is – Stanley Kowalski – survivor of the stone age! Bearing the raw meat home from the kill in the jungle!”
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“The death penalty costs too much. Allowing our government to kill citizens compromises the deepest moral values upon which this country was conceived: the inviolable dignity of human persons. (p. 197)”
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“if we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well. And I end by challenging people to ask themselves whether we can continue to allow the government, subject as it is to every imaginable form of inefficiency and corruption, to have such power to kill. (p. 130)”
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message 17: by Manuel

Manuel Antão Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰ wrote: ""

Tnks Alex. Likewise.


message 15: by Manuel

Manuel Antão Roman Clodia wrote: "Hi Manuel, and thanks for the friend-vite [waves] - I'm surprised we haven't 'met' on here before given our reading overlaps... glad we've connected now."

That's why I sent you an invite. I took a peek at your library and it's full of goodies...

Here's to fruitful bookish discussions.


Roman Clodia Hi Manuel, and thanks for the friend-vite [waves] - I'm surprised we haven't 'met' on here before given our reading overlaps... glad we've connected now.


message 13: by Manuel

Manuel Antão William wrote: "Thank you for the friendship! I used to scuba dive as well. Fabulous!

Full size image here"


What a marvellous picture!! Where did you take it?

And yes. Scuba diving is as close to spacewalking as I'm capable of imagining...


message 12: by William

William Thank you for the friendship! I used to scuba dive as well. Fabulous!


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message 11: by Manuel

Manuel Antão HELENE wrote: "Helene Thomas

Thank you for accepting my friend request

HELENE THOMAS https://youtu.be/LtXiw6XmhPE


Sorry. I've been banned from Amazon. They don't like my kind of reviews.

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Please assist with book reviews. I will provid..."



message 10: by Manuel

Manuel Antão Book Wyrm wrote: "Thank you very much for the friend request, you cheeky sod."

ROTFL!


message 9: by Tani

Tani Thanks for adding me as your friend. Looking forward to see your reviews on my feed. Have a great day. Happy Reading!


Manuel Antão Majenta wrote: "Hello, Manuel! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a great weekend and week ahead. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta"


Likewise Majenta. Books are the best!


Majenta Hello, Manuel! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Have a great weekend and week ahead. Blessings!
Best wishes from Majenta


Manuel Antão Mackey wrote: "Thank you for the friend request and for your thoughts about Disco Sour. I've added it to my "to read" list. It sounds terrific. Also, I appreciate your thoughts on reviewing/critiquing. Unfortunat..."

Not at all Mackey. I'm in this for the reviews. Always on the lookout for reviews from left field; those so-called critiques are what gives spice to a book in my view.

It's all about the journey, not the destination...

MAAntão


Mackey Thank you for the friend request and for your thoughts about Disco Sour. I've added it to my "to read" list. It sounds terrific. Also, I appreciate your thoughts on reviewing/critiquing. Unfortunately I bounce back and forth between thoughtful critiques and mere reviews. The more I invest in the book, the better review.

Cheers,
Mackey


Manuel Antão Luís wrote: "Obrigado por ter aceite, Manuel!"


De nada Luis. É um privilégio. Ab


Manuel Antão Patrizia wrote: "Thanks for your friendship request, Manuel!"

Not at all Patrizia.


Patrizia Thanks for your friendship request, Manuel!


message 1: by Glenn

Glenn Russell Thanks for asking to be friends, Manuel! About my 5 star-only rating, I have the following on my Profile Page:

-My awarding 5 stars means the book in my opinion is well worth the time to read and will broaden a reader's horizons. Of the nearly three thousand books I've read over the past fifty years, the books I've reviewed here on Goodreads are the five star cream.
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On my own, more private level, the 5 stars means that I have the background and jeweler's eye to extract 5 stars of wisdom, insight and beauty from the outstanding books I review!!!! In this way, I only write 5 star reviews!! Reviews worthy of a serious reader's attention!! :)


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