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Madeleine Maccar

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Madeleine Maccar writes for both the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography and TNBBC'S The Next Best Book Blog. At parties, she's the one drunkenly chatting up the host's pets.

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CCLaP Journal #4

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it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2014
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Madeleine is on page 187 of 368 of Love in the Time of Cholera: "Many times he regretted in secret that she had not been in fact what he thought she was on the afternoon he met her, so that he could wipe his ass with his principles and make love to her even if it cost nuggets of shining gold."
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Magdaléna Platzová's Aaron's Leap is a powerful, sobering meditation
Madeleine is on page 246 of 441 of The Origin of the Brunists: "The Mayor of West Condon, upon being asked why, when the moment of the Judgment arrived, he was discovered by the Angel of Death masturbating in his own bathtub, replied that the Chief of Police was using the official one at City Hall."
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The Fall by Albert Camus
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This is the first time my enjoyment of a book was negatively impacted by forcing myself to hammer through some pretty nasty writer's block in an attempt to make a review happen. Fortunately, my love for Camus did not suffer.
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Leningrad by Igor Vishnevetsky
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Igor Vishnevetsky's Leningrad combines poetry and prose, newspaper articles and
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Love-Shaped Story by Tommaso Pincio
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A coming-of-age tale, like every other journey at its core, is a jou
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And the Dark Sacred Night
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I don't remember many details from Julia Glass's first novel, Three Junes,
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Report from the Interior by Paul Auster
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Not for Everyday Use by Elizabeth Nunez
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Writing about the death of a parent presents the tempting trap of invoking cheap sentimentality t
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Anaïs Nin
“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
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Mark Oliver Everett
“Maybe I don't like people as much as the rest of the world seems to...But occasionally, people will pleasantly surprise me and I'll fall in love with them, so go figure.”
Mark Oliver Everett, Things The Grandchildren Should Know

Charles Bukowski
“great writers are indecent people
they live unfairly
saving the best part for paper.

good human beings save the world
so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
become immortal.
if you read this after I am dead
it means I made it.”
Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last

Kurt Vonnegut
“Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Christopher Moore
“Stephenie Meyer: Her vampires are sparkly, which I think we can all agree is wrong.”
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Kristin i luh you so haaaard.

message 2: by Ethan

Ethan Fusaris !!!!!!!!!!!!

message 3: by Derek

Derek It's only fair that I return the favor & leave a comment on your page.

Relating to nothing we've conversed about previously, my tortie cat is named Maddie, and because one cannot have just one 'name' for his/her pets, she does get called Madeleine once in a while.

Strangely, it's my other cat that likes to lie on books. Maddie prefers newspapers.

Madeleine I love my Kindle but it doesn't hold a candle to an actual book:"

message 5: by Kris

Kris Hey there, and thanks so much for accepting my friend request! (I also shot you one on - username by_starla.) I am also looking forward to book and music discussions with you, new GR friend with equally good taste in things! :)

message 6: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much, Madeleine! Will do, I promise. :)

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Kris Hi Madeleine! As requested, here's a brief overview of the music festival highlights from today. It was a lot of fun - lots of good music. I think that The Lee Ranaldo Band may have been my favorite - I was very close to the stage, so could drool at all of his lovely guitars, and the band sounded great. Dr. Dog, The Avett Brothers, and Wilco were all great, as expected - they just seemed very very far away, since that portion of the festival was at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Oh, and Mike Doughty sounded great, and was funny as always.

Delta Rae was wonderful - they were the one band I hadn't really listened to much, but I was very impressed, especially with the quality of their vocals.

Lower Dens may have been the most "eh" - which is a bit of a surprise, since I was really looking forward to seeing them. They sounded good, but they didn't look so thrilled to be there, and their music really fits better in a dark club.

Kathleen Edwards was good, but it was really crowded at that point, and I think I was distracted by getting ready to shift to SBC. Also, two little kids near me were playing with balls in the middle of the crowd, and I was worried someone was going to get hurt.

So, a lot of fun today! I'm not sure whether I will make it over tomorrow - I love John Wesley Harding, and would like to see Rhett Miller, but I'm not sure I feel like dealing with the ferry again so soon.

Hoping you're having a good weekend!

message 8: by Jason

Jason Sweet! Always great to meet a new reviewer. Yours are little gems!

message 9: by Megan

Megan Baxter Thanks for the friending after Goodreads decided I wasn't allowed to this morning! I've enjoyed reading your reviews so far, and look forward to more!

Jenn(ifer) Success! Hooray!

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Nilesh Kashyap Hi Madeleine! Thanks for accepting. I was damn sure that you won't accept my request but writing can do wonders, can't they? Looking forward to discuss books with you.

Stephen M Thanks for the friend accept! There are a couple of books that if I see someone loving one of them, it almost guarantees a friend request ha. Plus, your reviews are criminally under liked!

I look forward to seeing around on discussions and threads.


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Jason Thank you, duderette! You goodreads people sure know how to make a guy [you barely know] feel loved! And I mean that sincerely, I have totally loved all the well wishes. Your internets do not lie and I am pleased.

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Carol Hello Madeleine! Thanks for accepting the friend request. Nice to meet ya!

Jennifer (aka EM) Thank you for *accepting* my friend request. Aside from TM&M, we do seem to have a lot in common - including Vonnegut. And if you liked An Uncommon Reader, you may also like 84 Charing Cross Road. See you 'round! :-)

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Garima Thanks for the add (without any delay) Madeleine. C ya around here! :)

message 17: by Garima (last edited Sep 11, 2012 10:48AM)

Garima Well that would mean I have great timing..Ha!

My purpose of reading Girl with curious hair is to prepare myself for IJ group read and I'm loving his writing so far.

You know what, today only I ordered copies of Number9dream and Confederacy of Dunces, and to both you've given 3 stars. I haven't read your reviews fearing the spoilers, but getting a bit apprehensive now about my choice:s

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Garima So you see, it was around midnight time in my country and sleep took over, hence the delay in reply :)

About IJ, I'm seriously hoping for some guidance from other group members. I have already kept aside 3 bookmarks for it, one for part I won't understand, one what I would be presently reading and one for the backnotes..haha.

And I'll surely read those books with unbiased enthusiasm, I'm sure all in all the writing will be good. :)

Madeleine Milestone week in my GR experience! Jeebus, it only took me four years to crack the top 100:

Stephen M Thanks Madeleine :)

It's good that someone else besides me finds my brand of über-nerdy lit humor funny and it has someone else laughing.

I look forward to more of your reviews. They're wonderful. Congrats on cracking that elusive top 100 list.

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Dale Jr. I am ALL about talking nerdy about literature and writing. Can't wait to sift through your shelves and add massive amounts of books to my "to read" shelf! Cheers!

message 22: by Kasia

Kasia Ooo you liked Cloud Atlas, excellent.. I will be sinking my teeth into that one soon :) Thank you for accepting my friend request!


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Sean Hi, Madeleine. Yes, unfortunately work is the curse of the reading class. There would probably be more read books on my shelf if life's commitments didn't stand in the way.

I actually went to Fordham for my undergrad and Rutgers Camden for my masters. However, I knew a few people that went to Rider. Now that I am finished school I have a lot more time on my hands so I took up reading.

Nice to friend up with you here on Goodreads and I look forward to chatting and reading your reviews.

message 24: by Katy

Katy Ah, lovely, it looks like I might have met another person I might able to call soul-sister - I'm with you; I love when people can discuss their differences of opinion without getting upset about it, in a rational way, as you said, and with respect for the other person's opinion (except when they're wrong, of course *grinwink*) Hehe. I'm so happy you not only discovered Minotaur, but reminded me of that amazing book... now I'll be starting another campaign to get people to read it :-)

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Rod You seem to like my short, smartass reviews. :)

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Moira Russell Nice to see you on!

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Moira Russell Sean wrote: "Yes, unfortunately work is the curse of the reading class."

Haha, one friend request coming your way.

Jenn(ifer) Well, see, I haven't much time to work out so I figure the least I can do is carry around some hefty tomes and get a decent upper body workout while I'm at it! It's a two-fer!

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Mark Yeehaw!!! Welcome, welcome! I have something else for you that, depending on the diligence of the office manager, may allow you to get your fix right there at your desk. I'll send ja in just a sec!

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Janice Thanks, Madeleine! I look forward to the book chats too (as well as reading more of your awesome reviews)! BTW, Infinite Jest and Swann's Way at the same time? Brava!

Lamora/Ches Thanks for accepting the invite! I really did love your shelves, with many books I'm still hoping to find the time to read.
It's very nice to meet you here and I'll be looking forward for those chats too. o/

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Mark Woohoo, congrats on your #56 Best Reviewers Award!

message 33: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much, Madeleine, for the birthday wishes! Looking forward to seeing you next month, too. :)

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Kris Same here -- I'm very excited. :)

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Mark "It's such a good feeling, to know you're alive. It's such a happy feeling--" :) Don't count on that drop next week. You keep writin em, and we'll keep readin em and likin!

That is wonderful, splindiferous news on the writing front!!! There's this book that's really helpful in shaping story threads, helping you understand the best ways to connect them. It might take what you've found in yourself and explode creativity all over the place! :D It's called Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time. Very down to earth book about writing :)

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Garima THANK YOU so much Madeleine :)

message 37: by Aubrey

Aubrey Ha ha, I didn't mean to interrupt your real world fun. I am perfectly fine with waiting for the coming online interaction extravaganzas.

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Arthur Graham Hey, Maddy. I'm only on page 36, but so far Inherent Vice and its wacky Hippie-PI-in-LA noir premise is treating me pretty well, actually!

Jonathan Thanks! I suddenly remembered I had a goodreads account a few weeks ago, but had done nothing on it for years. Now I think I may be addicted....I find interesting people like you and can't stop flicking through their bookshelves and stealing ideas. My bank balance is really going to suffer...

message 40: by Richard

Richard Madeleine, Thanks for accepting the friend request. Yes, we all knew that A la recherche was rich. But you are living proof that Proust is something which needs to be savored and enjoyed.

message 41: by Kaethe

Kaethe Howdy! I'm delighted to accept such a charming request. And yes, a Venn diagram would have to show our overlapping books and differing opinions.

message 42: by Kyle (last edited Apr 05, 2013 10:39AM)

Kyle Well, I can't vouch for the gush-worthiness of my reviews, but please feel free to dig into them anyway! Maybe you'll strike coal or something.

Your wonderful comment on my profile was a perfect thing to wake up to this morning; aw, who am I kidding. It was awesome.

I assure you, other Goodreaders are chronic liars, and not to be trusted. Just ask them! If they deny it, you know they're lying.

message 43: by Shamus

Shamus McCarty Thanks Madeleine! I have a feeling you’re going to introduce me to some cool reads.

message 44: by Kris

Kris No worries, Madeleine -- I understand uncertain reading schedules! BTW, how are you doing with V? It's one of my favorites. :)

message 45: by Kris

Kris Aww -- thanks as always for being so kind. You always make me smile.

I'm doing OK -- still kind of tired here and there, but much better from the surgery. I should be able to pick up Liam starting next week. (Nothing like having a cat who exceeds post-surgery lifting restrictions. :( )

Ooh -- I need to check out the lineup for the music festival -- thanks for reminding me! I need to check out dates, but chances are I will go. Are you planning to as well?

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Moira Russell Not to sound inappropriate, but that is just the CUTEST userpic.

message 47: by Kyle

Kyle We're apparently supposed to be pretty rare, but it's that you're a A fellow INFP too! I promise, I will try to come up with a more fitting adjective, but awesome seems to just about cover everything. :)

Maybe I should explore different applications of adverbs or something. Wonderfully awesome? Stupendously awesome? Ah! I got it: bodaciously awesome! OK... maybe it will require some more work.

As you said in your Proust review, sometimes we (even more so for us INFPeeps) just feel too much! Regardless of my inability to handle your unmitigated awesomeness (oh, see there? that wasn't too bad), thank you very much for the er, *cough* awesome comment. :)

Hussain Laghabi Madeleine, Thanks so very much for accepting the friend request. And it is really a good chance to learn from such goodreaders like you .

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David Katzman Yes! Cool beans. Well - our opinions aren't that far apart. 77% is pretty solid. The fact that you liked Geek Love speaks volumes! Gastroenterologist is quite hilarious. I need to read his new Nutsack. That didn't come out right. Gun, with Occasional Music was a great one by Lethem. He's been hit or miss, but that one and Brooklyn are excellent. You DEFINITELY should read At Swim-2-Birds. I have a huge love of Flann O'Brien. This was my review of Poor Mouth:

message 50: by Katy

Katy Well, awesome! So glad to have provided you inspiration for a shirt for your husband! back in January there was one that said "Jabba's Gentlemen's Club" that I bought for my husband's birthday... TeeFury has some cool stuff.

Oh, your friend below recommends Gun, with Occasional Music; I've been wanting to read that one for ages! I actually have a copy around here somewhere...

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