T.D. Whittle

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“In a place far away from anyone or anywhere, I drifted off for a moment.” ~ Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

I love long road trips and balmy weather. I especially love reading Murakami novels, during long road trips in balmy weather. Because of too much time spent in the mind of that particular writer, I am haunted by memories of towns that do not exist and characters I would run from in a dark alley. Inspired by his eloquent felines, I live in hope that one day my cat will express himself beyond the familiar meow. Corrupted by his quirky protagonists, I stare with reverence at strangers' earlobes, contemplating the subtleties of the attached versus the unattached. I spend a lot of time imagining what it would be like to huddle
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Killing Commendatore, by Haruki Murakame

Look what just arrived in the post! Of course, I’ve also ordered the American edition (this is the British) from an independent bookseller in the U.S. so I can get free Murakami book bag (Because one can never have too many book bags, yes? Especially when they have black cats on; or, in the case of my Harper Lee bag, a mockingbird.) This is the Harvill Secker hardcover without the dust jacket on. Read more of this blog post »
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Published on October 18, 2018 20:28
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The Heike Story by Eiji Yoshikawa
“In the ashes on the hearth Saigyo traced and retraced the word, "pity." He had yet to learn to accept life with all its good and evils, to love life in all its manifestations by becoming one with nature. And for this he had abandoned home, wife, and child in that city of conflict. He had fled to save his own life, not for any grandiose dream of redeeming mankind; neither had he taken vows with the thoughts of chanting sutras to Buddha; nor did he aspire to brocaded ranks of the high prelates. Only by surrendering to nature could he best cherish his own life, learn how man should live, and therein find peace. And if any priest accused him of taking the vows out of self-love, not to purify the world and bring salvation to men, Saigyo was ready to admit that these charges were true and that he deserved to be reviled and spat upon as a false priest. Yet, if driven to answer for himself, he was prepared to declare that he who had not learned to love his own life could not love mankind, and ...more Eiji Yoshikawa
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"The Heike Story is an epic tale of two rival clans struggling for power. The loyal Heike and Genji clans have served the Fujiwara court well, but later find themselves in a battle for military and political control of the Imperial throne.

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I know the world has not been waiting with bated breath for 160 years to hear my opinion of this marvelous book, but I wanted to add my praise anyway. This is such a beautiful read. Darwin makes his argument for descent through modification of all or ...more
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“Remember , that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed.”
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“If I start quoting myself, someone shoot me. My people are from Texas, so they'd know what to do.”
td Whittle

“She liked to believe that she might embody a grace and dignity in death that eluded her in life.”
td Whittle, 13 Ways: Illustrated Stories

“What reconciles me to my own death more than anything else is the image of a place: a place where your bones and mine are buried, thrown, uncovered, together. They are strewn there pell-mell. One of your ribs leans against my skull. A metacarpal of my left hand lies inside your pelvis. (Against my broken ribs your breast like a flower.) The hundred bones of our feet are scattered like gravel. It is strange that this image of our proximity, concerning as it does mere phosphate of calcium, should bestow a sense of peace. Yet it does. With you I can imagine a place where to be phosphate of calcium is enough.”
John Berger

“In all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable is each other.”
Carl Sagan

“Unlike other forms of psychological disorders, the core issue in trauma is reality.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society

“One day I was counting the cats and I absent-mindedly counted myself.”
Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories

“Brother Fox looked in. He saw two people. He saw them raise their glasses of wine to him, liquid that for him was suspended in the air, as if by a miracle.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

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message 26: by Seemita

Seemita Thanks for the friend invite, T.D. Looking forward to chatting books!


message 25: by T.D.

T.D. Whittle Fionnuala wrote: "Glad to reconnect!"

So am I! Thank you for accepting my friend request.


Fionnuala Glad to reconnect!


message 23: by Esdaile

Esdaile Thank you for liking my very brief review of Portrait of a Lady.


message 22: by T.D.

T.D. Whittle Mizuki wrote: "Thanks for liking my The Invention of Morel's review! This book needs to be read by more people!"

Hi Mizuki :) I enjoyed your review, and had never heard of the book. I am looking forward to reading it. Cheers.


message 21: by Mizuki

Mizuki Thanks for liking my The Invention of Morel's review! This book needs to be read by more people!


message 20: by T.D. (last edited Jan 14, 2015 09:56PM)

T.D. Whittle On meta-modernism, from Queen Mob's Teahouse: "...The discourse surrounding metamodernism engages with the resurgence of sincerity, hope, romanticism, affect, and the potential for grand narratives and universal truths, whilst not forfeiting all that we’ve learnt from postmodernism." http://queenmobs.com/2015/01/metamode...


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T.D. Whittle Abubakar wrote: "Hello T.D, Thank you for the Friend request. Looking forward our bookish discussions."

Hello Abubakar, thanks for accepting. Cheers :)


Abubakar Mehdi Hello T.D, Thank you for the Friend request. Looking forward our bookish discussions.


message 17: by T.D. (last edited Sep 30, 2014 05:06AM)

T.D. Whittle "From time to time, a writer rises up to chastise our modern squeamishness about sentimentality. In 'A Lover’s Discourse,' Barthes claims we have grown so chilly and clever that we can no longer speak of love without putting the word in mocking quotation marks." - From Should Writers Avoid Sentimentality?, by Zoe Heller and Leslie Jamison. Sept. 23, 2014, NYT Sunday Book Review
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/boo...


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T.D. Whittle David Mitchell's favourite Japanese books http://www.avclub.com/article/david-m...


message 15: by T.D. (last edited Sep 08, 2014 05:56PM)

T.D. Whittle Jan wrote: "T.D., it's good to see your comments cropping up again. Is your sabbatical from Goodreads done (if that's an appropriate characterization)? Was it productive?"

Hi, Jan :) Thanks, it's good to be back. It was productive in many ways, yes, but it also included dealing with various real-life dramas (I prefer the ones in books) and Robin and I moving to a whole new town, in the Central Highlands of Victoria. We are country folk now, and loving it. I hope all is well with you and yours.


message 14: by Jan

Jan Rice T.D., it's good to see your comments cropping up again. Is your sabbatical from Goodreads done (if that's an appropriate characterization)? Was it productive?


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T.D. Whittle Stephen wrote: "Thanks for the request T.D. Since both of us have been marriage counselors and psychotherapists, enjoy many of the same authors from Murakami to McCarthy, I really look forward to our GR Friendship."

Hi, Stephen. Sorry for my late response, but I only just saw this on my status updates. I am happy to meet you, and I look forward to knowing you better, for all those reasons :)


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T.D. Whittle Dolors wrote: "Good Lord TD!
That was one of the best answers to my stupid question I have ever received!
Shelley, Coleridge, Whitman, Dickens, Stevens, WCW...sweet balm for my soul.
Thank you so so much for your..."


Ha ha! Sorry, Dolors, I only just saw this in my status update. I am not a minimalist, I am afraid, when it comes to raving on about books and authors!


message 11: by Dolors

Dolors Good Lord TD!
That was one of the best answers to my stupid question I have ever received!
Shelley, Coleridge, Whitman, Dickens, Stevens, WCW...sweet balm for my soul.
Thank you so so much for your friend request, I had seen some of your comments in common GR friends and thought you very articulate and erudite. I think we'll have plenty to talk about. Have a nice day:))


message 10: by Stephen

Stephen P Thanks for the request T.D. Since both of us have been marriage counselors and psychotherapists, enjoy many of the same authors from Murakami to McCarthy, I really look forward to our GR Friendship.


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T.D. Whittle Jan wrote: "td wrote, "About me:...."

In your "about me," I do believe I've found a new source of cosmic relief, td. :)"


happy to do my part, wherever I can, Jan :)


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Jan Rice td wrote, "About me:...."

In your "about me," I do believe I've found a new source of cosmic relief, td. :)


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T.D. Whittle Sandra wrote: "Why, I was just not saying that! Imagine. Mine is "a dry sob caught me unawares." Well that's a cheery start to the day..."

Still, a big improvement on "dry retching caught me in my underwear"


Sandra Ramirez Why, I was just not saying that! Imagine. Mine is "a dry sob caught me unawares." Well that's a cheery start to the day...


message 5: by T.D.

T.D. Whittle I received a FB link, which suggest that you pick up the book nearest you, turn to page 52, and post sentence 5 as your status. That would be: "Kindly allow me to attend to the running of this presbytery in my own way."

I almost never get to say that in real life, due to ... well, obvious reasons. It feels so important and authoritative.


message 4: by T.D.

T.D. Whittle Jan wrote: "I love your new profile picture. You have a beautiful smile."

Oh gosh, thanks so much, Jan :)


message 3: by Jan

Jan Rice I love your new profile picture. You have a beautiful smile.


message 2: by T.D.

T.D. Whittle Hi, Kris. I look forward to getting to know you and your books better ;)


message 1: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much for the friend request, td - it's a pleasure to accept it!


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