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Average rating: 4.15 · 2,058 ratings · 556 reviews · 19 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Short Stay in Hell

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The Scholar of Moab

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Evolving Faith - Wanderings...

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The Rifts of Rime (Quickene...

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The Gift of the King's Jewler

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Incorrect Astronomy

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She That Withheld the Knife

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Once in the West by Christian Wiman
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I wanted to like this more than I did. Because I love Wiman's prose unabashedly, I expect the same experience from his poetry. I found the poems meaningful and well done, but didn't connect with them. I found the the ideas . . . not plumbed in the de ...more
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The Invention of the Kaleidoscope by Paisley Rekdal
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Rekdal is shaping up to be one of my favorite poets. This is the second of her books that I've read. The poems have heft. And meaning. There are stories here gorgeously expressed that tease out insights and depth that I loved discovering. She does wh ...more
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Thinking in Time by Suzanne Guerlac
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Guerlac's book was a marvelous introduction to Bergson's thought. Focusing on 'Time and Freewill' and 'Matter and Memory' it was one of the clearest and most detailed explanations of 'duration' I've read. Especially useful was her exploration of the ...more
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Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag
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A timely book for our situation. Almost as if she anticipated the age of twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. What affect does viewing the pain of other have on how we engage with suffering? Do we become inured? Does it drive us to avoid such? Does the ...more
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Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
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This book alone convinced me that Tracy Smith's claim to the title, US poet laureate, is completely justified. I was about to list a string of superlatives, but you know the ones I'd use and rather than read my praise just go get the book and read it ...more
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Imaginary Vessels by Paisley Rekdal
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This is one of my favorite poetry books and one I will return to often. The poems are gorgeously crafted, insightful, and a delight to read. They range from being fun to profound. The mediations on a collection of skulls excavated from an insane asyl ...more
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A House Full of Females by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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I will never think about polygamy and the Mormon Church the same way. Hearing it from the voices of women who experienced it was was remarkable. Their stories told from journals and letters gave a sense of immediacy and heft to their accounts. I hope ...more
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The Embers and the Stars by Erazim V. Kohák
“Amid the green peace, amid the rightness of nature, the violence of a lie stands out. It is so utterly wrong, a violation of the rightness of the logos. A lie is at the root of all mental distress, the discord between what humans know and what they say, or more deeply, between what humans know and what they dare to admit to themselves. A century ago, Borden Parker Bowne listed the need for truth as one of the most elementary human needs.44 Today, that may seem quaint. We have become accustomed to living in a world of make-believe, of artifacts masquerading as physical objects—the paper flowers pretending to be living plants, the plastic furniture pretending to be wood, the robots pretending to be humans—and humans pretending to be robots. Yet through the ages humans have known that there is no condition more basic to authentic humanity than to live in truth.”
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“It seemed funny that one day I would go to bed in her arms and the next not feel anything, like a switch had gone off. But no, that wasn’t honest either. This had been building for a long time. Our silences were getting longer. Our arguments more frequent. How do you stay with someone when there are no dreams to build? No purpose to accomplish? No meaning? No meaning —that was the monster that drove us away from one another in the end. Always.”
Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

“The days passed in a dream. I pictured our reunion again and again, played it out in my mind over and over until I’d almost worn a groove in my thoughts, so deep that it seemed the only thing I could think of was our reunion. Anticipation is a gift. Perhaps there is none greater. Anticipation is born of hope. Indeed it is hope’s finest expression. In hope’s loss, however, is the greatest despair.”
Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

“Strange, how a moment of existence can cut so deeply into our being that while ages pass unnoticed, a brief love can structure and define the very topology of our consciousness ever after.”
Steven L. Peck, A Short Stay in Hell

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“Amid the green peace, amid the rightness of nature, the violence of a lie stands out. It is so utterly wrong, a violation of the rightness of the logos. A lie is at the root of all mental distress, the discord between what humans know and what they say, or more deeply, between what humans know and what they dare to admit to themselves. A century ago, Borden Parker Bowne listed the need for truth as one of the most elementary human needs.44 Today, that may seem quaint. We have become accustomed to living in a world of make-believe, of artifacts masquerading as physical objects—the paper flowers pretending to be living plants, the plastic furniture pretending to be wood, the robots pretending to be humans—and humans pretending to be robots. Yet through the ages humans have known that there is no condition more basic to authentic humanity than to live in truth.”
Erazim V. Kohák, The Embers and the Stars

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Therese Whoo hoo! You got your author page up, so I can finally become your fan - formally speaking! :)


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