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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

About me: 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
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The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett My rating: 4 of 5 stars     I had never read a Hammett novel until now and, while I did enjoy it, I would be lying by omission if I did not say I like the movies so much better. I suspect this would be the case, too, with Hammett’s other famous novels, in which his snappy detectives are the most enjoyable and memorable aspect of the stories. Hammett’s writing is... Read more of this blog post »
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The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
"Even the most mundane of lives are made of irreconcilable moments that give shape to the branches of memory, some blossom with scented flowers made of beauty and wonder and others rot in the stale waters of corrosive guilt, anger and impairing pai..." Read more of this review »
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
""Her gift is all grown about with weeds and bound with briars. It had no chance of showing itself for the fine distinguished gift it was."

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“A bad habit or two is good for a man or a beast. Did you ever know a man who didn't have any bad habits? I have, and I always hated the son of a bitch." -- Charlie Flagg”
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"As a writer very interested in both world wars, I immediately grabbed Atomic City Girls when I spied it at my local library. The pictures scattered throughout the book are an excellent guide to the world that is a secret government project - Oak R..." Read more of this review »
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“she looked at me then everything emptied out of her eyes and they looked like the eyes in statues blank and unseeing and serene put”
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“If I start quoting myself, someone shoot me. My people are from Texas, so they'd know what to do.”
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“She liked to believe that she might embody a grace and dignity in death that eluded her in life.”
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“It’s a human need to be told stories. The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible.”
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“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.”
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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
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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.


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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...


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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.


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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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