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G.L. Tysk

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G.L. Tysk was born in Chicago to Hong Kong immigrants. She was raised in Texas, moved abroad to Japan, and now lives in Massachusetts with her Norwegian-American husband. This muddling of multiple cultures drives her to explore the effect of cultural exchange and diversity in her writing. Her work focuses on early American whaling and its impact on globalization, 19th century colonialism, and Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant culture. She has sailed square-rigged vessels with Sea Education Association and with Mystic Seaport aboard the historic whaleship Charles W. Morgan. She lives in Boston.

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"Too badly written to continue. I don't need to be annoyed for three hundred pages. "
G.L. Tysk is on page 9 of 416 of Breaking Open Japan: 9 pages in and this guy is annoying me so much that I don't know if I can keep going. The writing is atrocious, full of his own opinions, and he keeps going on and on about how evil America is and how much Japan hates Americans but are too polite to let them know.
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Amy Chavez's account of running 900 miles across Shikoku in the period of about a month is alternately funny, poignant, and soul-searching. She's got a great voice that shines through in her writing, and her accounts about all the people she met alon ...more
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Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor
“Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it is because we are still able to recognize one. To be able to recognize a freak, you have to have some conception of the whole man, and in the South the general conception of man is still, in the main, theological. That is a large statement, and it is dangerous to make it, for almost anything you say about Southern belief can be denied in the next breath with equal propriety. But approaching the subject from the standpoint of the writer, I think it is safe to say that while the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted. The Southerner, who isn't convinced of it, is very much afraid that he may have been formed in the image and likeness of God. Ghosts can be very fierce and instructive. They cast strange shadows, particularly in our literature. In any case, it is when the freak can be sensed as a figure for our essential displacement that he attains some dep ...more Flannery O'Connor
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“I believed in clemency, once," Captain Noble said, at last, "A long time ago, before I learned that the world is a hard place, and those who cannot bear what befalls them, no matter how ill, will be crushed in favor of those who will. There is no clemency, Ellis, only survival.”
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“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Herman Melville

“Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
Doris Lessing

“My mother is a fish.”
William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

“What will my redeemer be like? I wonder. Will he be a bull or a man? Will he perhaps be a bull with the face of a man? Or will he be like me?”
Jorge Luis Borges

“What do ye do when ye see a whale, men?”
“Sing out for him!” was the impulsive rejoinder from a score of clubbed voices.
“Good!” cried Ahab, with a wild approval in his tones; observing the hearty animation into which his unexpected question had so magnetically thrown them.
“And what do ye next, men?”
“Lower away, and after him!”
“And what tune is it ye pull to, men?”
“A dead whale or a stove boat!”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, the Whale

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