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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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“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.”
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“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.”
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“Stephenie Meyer: Her vampires are sparkly, which I think we can all agree is wrong.”
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message 84: by Miriam

Miriam Hi, Madeleine! How are things going? I saw last month that you posted that you were going to be changing jobs, but I couldn't find a follow-up with more news. I hope your best friend's wedding went well and all is right with the world.

David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Independence Day! :D

message 82: by Garima

Garima Madeleine has an author's page now. Sweet :)

message 81: by Garima

Garima Season's Greetings, Madeleine. Have a great and less-busy-more-money year ahead. :))

message 80: by Kyle

Kyle You're so sweet! I am not only doing well, I am back in the GR saddle again! Wooo freakin-awesome hooo!

message 78: by Paul

Paul Hey there; missing your incisive wit and thoughtful comments

message 77: by Garima

Garima I hate your job too :P

message 76: by Garima

Garima Hey Madeleine!

I hope only great things are keeping you busy in real life. But your reviews are being greatly missed here. So come back soon.

Take Care :)

David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party Redheads rule!!! Just wanted to make sure you were aware ;)

David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Independence Day, Madeleine!

message 73: by Lori

Lori You are like my literary doppleganger! We have 79% similar tastes in books, and yes, a hard core Glen Duncan fan from way back. I heart him something fierce!

message 72: by Lori

Lori Haha! Most perfect taste in BIZARRO literature ever! So happy to welcome you into the TNBBC fold and thrilled that you'd want to be part of it!

message 71: by rachel

rachel Your blog has the BEST title, lady.

Samadrita Hey Madeleine! I am incredibly sorry about the late reply. But I was having major pc troubles these past few days which curtailed my GR experience a lot. :(
Thank you so much for accepting.
I am glad you like the Calvinos and Murakamis on my to-read-next queue. Murakami's writings have become like comfort food to me. Whenever I feel sad or can't seem to get into anything else, I go back to him. He makes me feel at home. My Japan obsession can also be blamed. :)
About Calvino, I have just started to discover him. The only Calvino I have read so far is If on a winter's night.
And about that comment on your review, I really really meant it. I always write what I mean. That Proust review is certainly one of the best that I have read in the last few months and every active GR user knows how many Proust reviews have been cropping up lately. :)
Please keep writing more wonderful reviews for us to read.
Hoping to discuss books with you soon. :)

Jenn(ifer) your hair looks so purdy in this photo. very film-noir-temptress. (of course this comment will be made irrelevant as soon as you change your photo, but I can't comment there so I'm commenting here!)

Kalliope Thank you for accepting my Friends request. You have an original array of books. Looking forward to reading your reviews and comments...

message 67: by Jason

Jason Milton can see you hiding.

message 66: by Sonja

Sonja ohh all of that back at you too! thanks for the add back. :)

message 65: by Brian

Brian Happy Bday, Madeleine - I hope it was a great one.

message 64: by Aubrey

Aubrey Happy Birthday, you Pynchon lover you. Here's to all the reading-weirdly-wonderful-works-in-public days that you have yet to enjoy.

message 63: by Jason

Jason HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADELEINE!! I hope it's a great one!

message 62: by El

El Happy Birthday, Madeleine! Hope your day is filled with awesome bookish-ness!

message 61: by Rakhi

Rakhi Dalal A very Happy Birthday,Madeleine!! Wishing you a life full of goodreads and smiles :) And thanks for the add! Great to connect with you on your birthday :)

message 60: by Tej

Tej Hey Madeleine sending your way, warm birthday wishes.... Happy Birthday :) !!!

message 59: by Kris

Kris Happy birthday, Madeleine! I hope it's full of all things that you love. Sending love across the river to you. :)

message 58: by Garima

Garima Wishing a fellow Taurean and a Gorgeous and one of my favorite Goodreads reviewer a very Happy Happy Birthday. Hope you'll get really lovely gifts and a nice time with your loved ones.God Bless you :)

Nefariousbig HAHA! Of course! I suppose, I'm too old to care if I appear as a stalker or a pervert. It's so much more fun when people are scared of you for absolutely no reason at all. And, of course, an innocent stalker is just one that never gets caught.

message 56: by April

April Likewise! It was no trouble at all, I love your taste in books. Reminds me I really should get around to finishing Infinite Jest at some point.
Also I must respond by saying (as one grateful, socially awkward lady to another) thank you very much for initiating conversation! I'm truly hopeless at it, haha. I look forward to chatting books with you soon!

message 55: 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...

message 54: by David

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:

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

message 52: 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. :)

message 51: by Moira

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

message 50: 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?

message 49: 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 48: by Shamus

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

message 47: 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 46: 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 45: 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 44: by Nick

Nick I must be officially old, then. I have already accepted the fact that I will never get around to reading every book that I want to read in my lifetime because there are always more and more books to read. But as long as I get through as many of them as is possible, I will be happy.

message 43: by Nick

Nick I will certainly have to get myself a copy sometime soon, add it to the ever-embiggening pile of book I have to read.

message 42: by Nick

Nick How is Warlock so far? It sounds like it should be a good one.

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 Arthur

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!

message 39: 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.

message 38: by Garima

Garima THANK YOU so much Madeleine :)

message 37: by Mark

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 :)

message 36: by Kris

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

message 35: by Kris

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

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