Christopher Yurkanin

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Three Hundred Words, Volume...

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The Accordion (Biographies & Memoirs)
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Description: This was written a little while ago and not many outside of my family saw it but thought I'd post it here as I've been mulling over the question again...
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The Great Ideas of Philosophy by Daniel N. Robinson
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“To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.”
Arne Garborg
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“Everybody knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently,’ Morrie said. ‘So we kid ourselves about death,’ I (Mitch) said. ‘Yes, but there’s a better approach. To know you’re going to die and be prepared for it at any time. That’s better. That way you can be actually be more involved in your life while you’re living. . . Every day, have a little bird on your shoulder that asks, ‘Is today the day? Am I ready? Am I doing all I need to do? Am I being the person I want to be?... The truth is, Mitch, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live… Most of us walk around as if we’re sleepwalking. We really don’t experience the world fully because we’re half asleep, doing things we automatically think we have to do… Learn how to die, and you learn how to live.”
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Ways of Seeing by John Berger
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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
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The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
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Solid and still relevant advice, but repetitive and could be condensed to a quarter of the length.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
"I can understand readers having extreme love/hate reactions to Murakami, generally, and to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, particularly. As in his other works, the most recent of which is 1Q84, opening the covers of Wind-Up Bird is like strapping your..." Read more of this review »
Christopher and 366 other people liked Jeffrey Keeten's review of Kafka on the Shore:
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
"”Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before daw..." Read more of this review »
Target Africa by Obianuju Ekeocha
"It is so ironic Obianuju Ekeocha and her book, Target Africa are not more widely known. Almost everything she is writing about Africa—all that she values—is what Dr. Martin Luther King wanted for black Americans in the 1960’s, minus the constant p..." Read more of this review »
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William Goldman
“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
William Goldman, William Goldman: Four Screenplays with Essays

Simone Weil
“The sea is not less beautiful in our eyes because we know that sometimes ships are wrecked by it.”
Simone Weil, Waiting for God

Sylvia Plath
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Simone Weil
“The extreme affliction which overtakes human beings does not create human misery, it merely reveals it.”
Simone Weil

James Baldwin
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
James Baldwin

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message 53: by Jan

Jan Rice Great new profile pic! ....Enjoyed your Top 10 lists which I came across for the very first time tonight.


Christopher Karin wrote: "I can so relate to the reading glasses issue. Congratulations on the Three Hundred Words book. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"

Thanks Karin, you too :)


message 51: by Karin

Karin I can so relate to the reading glasses issue. Congratulations on the Three Hundred Words book. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Christopher A rather tough year for reading as my eyesight diminished and the new requirement of the reading glasses dampened my enthusiasm and speed. Nevertheless, I still managed to complete another year of wonderful titles. My top ten for 2015:

10) "The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn,
9) "Gatherings From Spain" by Richard Ford
8) "Patterns of Anarchy" by Leonrad I. Krimmerman, Lewis Perry
7) "The Life & Times of Gregorii Rasputin" by Alex De Jonge
6) "The Infinite Loop: a novella of spaceships, time warps and free pie" by Sandra Peterson Ramirez and T.D. Whittle
5) "The Elephant Vanishes" by Haruki Murakami,
4) "The Soul of Marshal Gilles de Raiz" by D.B. Wyndham Lewis
3) "The Fate of Man in the Modern World" by Nikolai A. Berdyaev
2) "Massacre on the Lordsburg Road" by Marc Simmons
1) "Laurus" by Eugene Vodolazkin, Lisa C. Hayden (Translator)


Christopher Trying to live with the shame that I know that no matter how hard I try, I won't be able to meet my reading goal this year... I blame it completely on losing quite a bit of the enjoyment of it since having to don the reading glasses.


Christopher First time I've won a book on a Goodread's giveaway in a while :)


Christopher Goodbye and good luck to paperbackswap.com A two week notice to its members that they now have to pay for membership. Apparently they have "no other options." Prove it, I say.


message 46: by Christopher (last edited Dec 22, 2014 01:51AM)

Christopher With still one book remaining to reach my goal, my top ten Good Reads of 2014 (the year of Rick Bass, thanks to Melanie), not including the several 5 star re-reads. Drumrollll…

(1) The Sky, the Stars, the Wilderness by Rick Bass
(2) The Watch by Rick Bass
(3) The Lives of Rocks by Rick Bass
(4) The Hermit's Story: Stories by Rick Bass
(5) The Menace of the Herd: Or, Procrustes at Large by Francis Stuart Campbell (Pseudonym), Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn
(6) The Hour of Decision: Germany and World-Historical Evolution by Oswald Spengler
(7) Benito Cereno by Herman Melville
(8) Diane - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper by Kyle MacLachlan (Narrator), Scott Frost (Writer)
(9) The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
(10) Là-Bas (Down There) by Joris-Karl Huysmans


Christopher Thanks for reading that Ariana, glad and somewhat surprised it helps lol


message 43: by Ariana

Ariana Thank you Christopher for adding me! I've been thinking about family and the relationships between different family members a lot lately, and I agree with your conclusion that life isn't circular. I'm still trying to be at peace with that, and your insights have helped. :)


Christopher It doesn’t appear I’ll be finishing another book by year’s end (and since the ones I am reading also don’t appear to be landing on my favorites list), I present my Top Ten Books of the Year, in order. This year was an astonishingly good one for me and two of the books landed on my “Desert Island Top Ten” list. Number ten was a tie this year as I couldn’t leave off either one, I enjoyed them that much.

1) On Power: Its Nature And The History Of Its Growth by Bertrand De Jouvenel
2) The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
3) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4) The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
6) De Profundis by Oscar Wilde
7) Watership Down by Richard Adams
8) Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
9) The Waters of Silence by Thomas Merton
10) The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake by Breece D'J Pancake and 13 Ways: Illustrated Stories by T.D. Whittle and Sandra Peterson Ramirez


Christopher Matthew wrote: "After reading All the Pretty Horses I came to nearly the same conclusion. But I would recommend you read him anyway. You won't regret it. The only thing you may regret is that you didn't write i..."

I started reading All the Pretty Horses when it first came out but I was disinterested at the time and never finished. Now that I'm interested, I'm finding it an exercise of the will to NOT read him. Maybe next year :)


message 40: by Matthew

Matthew After reading All the Pretty Horses I came to nearly the same conclusion. But I would recommend you read him anyway. You won't regret it. The only thing you may regret is that you didn't write it first.


Christopher I have never read a Cormac McCarthy story but he appears to be so much the type of writer that I want to be, I think I probably never should lest I try to copy him.


Christopher A Ruse by Any Other Name in Three Hundred Words!


message 37: by Christopher (last edited Oct 05, 2013 11:42PM)

Christopher {sigh} Back to work tomorrow...




message 36: by Christopher (last edited Sep 30, 2013 04:20PM)

Christopher Another GR Giveaway winner! They do seem to come in bunches.


Christopher Of Heroic Lineage in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher A Distant Consular Posting in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher Images from the stories of Three Hundred Words set to Dance While the Sky Crashes Down by Jason Webley.


Christopher Folie à Deux in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher Woohoo! Winner, winner! Been a while since I won a GR giveaway, feels good :) "American Coup: Martial Life and the Invisible Sabotage of the Constitution"


Christopher Poetry in Motion in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher DWI* in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher "This Man is Not a Nut" in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher Reach Out and Touch Someone in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher Goodfellas? Bedfellas. in Three Hundred Words!


message 24: by Christopher (last edited Jul 15, 2013 02:13AM)

Christopher Stubborn to Live, Stubborn to Die in Three Hundred Words!


Christopher Katy wrote: "Thanks for the friend request! Always fun to meet other D&D Enthusiasts!"

I tried for years to explain to my oldest daughter what D&D was and she never quite grasped it. So, when she was 11, I took her to a comic book store where I heard they played in the back during the evenings and asked if we could sit in and watch for a while. She was fascinated by it, especially by (as usual) the one pretty nerd girl with the pink hair in the group who everyone wanted to play with...

She hasn't ever brought up interest in playing it but I regularly mention to her that I want her marry someone who plays D&D :)


message 22: by Katy

Katy Thanks for the friend request! Always fun to meet other D&D Enthusiasts!


Christopher Hmmm... which one of my top ten are getting bumped by de Jouvenel?


Christopher "Therapy strongly recommended" at Three Hundred Words!


Christopher A new Three Hundred Words: If All You Have is a Hammer...


Christopher A new Three Hundred Words: The Good Son


Christopher Jive Turkey.


message 16: by Robert

Robert L. Incredible isn't it Matt! And then he make's the time for his awesome book reviews. See: "Cutting For Stone". A wonderful man this C.Yurkanan.


Christopher My first Three Hundred Words post in 5 months: The Last Fairy in Ireland.


Christopher Ugh... Today's quote of the day reminded me why I couldn't and can't stand James Joyce. One Star reviews stand.


message 13: by Matthew

Matthew I have only read #4. Your books sound much more well-rounded than mine. Thanks for providing the list!


Christopher Drumroll, please...

After much consideration, My Top Ten Reads of 2012:

1) "The Simone Weil Reader" by Simone Weil
2) "Waiting for God" by Simone Weil
3) "Jefferson Davis: His Rise and Fall" by Allen Tate
4) "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter M. Miller Jr.
5) "Haroun And The Sea Of Stories" by Salman Rushdie
6) "Such a Vision of the Street" by Eileen Egan
7) "O Pioneers!" by Willa Cather
8) "Eat the City: A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York" by Robin Shulman
9) "The Sea-God at Sunrise" by G.L. Tysk
10) "Snow" by Orhan Pamuk


Christopher Fourth winner! - Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella


Christopher Another winner, chicken dinner! On a roll!


Christopher I am now officially a Goodreads giveaway WINNER! WOOHOO!!!


Christopher FIFTY giveaway entries... nada.


Christopher Thirty-one giveaways and counting... just one...


Enbrethiliel Christopher wrote: "I don't think Goodreads takes votes, it's just random. Right?..."

Is this still about giveaways? I think Goodreads looks at how many reviews you've written on books in the same genre.

By the way . . . A giveaway book I won a few weeks ago came in the mail today, and I just e-mailed someone my mailing address so that she could send me another book I won. ;-)


message 5: by Christopher (last edited May 21, 2012 06:27AM)

Christopher I don't think Goodreads takes votes, it's just random. Right?...


Enbrethiliel Christopher wrote: "How many book giveaways must one enter to win just one? {heavy sigh...}"

I enter giveaways all the time and only win about 1 in 60. And that's when I do daily tweets for extra entries. =P It's like a part-time job, really. LOL!


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