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mark Jabbour

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I was weened on Greek Mythology, graduated to Edgar Rice Burroughs & then moved to James A. Michener and then on to the Influences listed. I began writing non-fiction in 1992 - Letters to the Editor, grants, Op-EDs and such and started writing fiction by accident, in 2004, which has led to my latest, "Overcast"; which encompasses all things relevant to the human condition. It's available only here: http://www.mcnallyjackson.com/bookmac... for reasons I won't go into.

What do Louis C. K., stand up comic, & The Fiction Writer have in common? I just watched LCK's latest stand up show: "Live at the Beacon Theater" via my MacBook, in my own home, Saturday night, for five bucks, and I was grinning from ear to ear even before he got into the part about smoking the new, not the old, weed, which made me, that's right! Right as rain, you bet, made me - pause the... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on April 13, 2014 11:57 • 150 views • Tags: comedy, david-foster-wallace, fiction, freud, louis-c-k
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Attachment: A Novel of War and Peace (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: A psychological inquiry into the underpinnings of war & peace - the personal to the political.

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"this book...basically, when he was in his sixties, leonard cohen went up a mountain to live and study in a buddhist monastery, and during the five years he was there, he was really horny and wrote a bunch of poems about it.

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Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
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mark is on page 105 of Unbelievable: What's unbelievable are all the Trump-haters positive reviews of this book. It's quote, non-fiction, unquote, Chick-Lit. It's campy, like a high school girl's diary. Ironically, what it does exhibit best is the sad state of Journalism (and so-called reporters) today. "My shoes are getting ruined." (pg. 15) "Jimmy Choos be damned." (pg. 23) and oh so much more!!
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"Quick take: perfect (accurate) title; crazy story (particularly if you like, I dunno, disaster movies); and a highly personal account (which, my guess, will polarize readers).

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“... if you can't be happy then be quiet!" frm "Silent Joe," by T Jefferson Parker." Silence is another form of lying." frm "Attachment," by me. Take your pick ... words, "writing freezes speech," Chris Hedges. "Writing is thinking," me.”
mark Jabbour

“... if you can't be happy then be quiet!" frm "Silent Joe," by T Jefferson Parker." Silence is another form of lying." frm "Attachment," by me. Take your pick ... words, "writing freezes speech," Chris Hedges. "Writing is thinking," me.”
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“What makes you think human beings are sentient and aware? There's no evidence for it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told-and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings fight for their 'beliefs.' The reason is that beliefs guide behavior which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. Next question.”
Michael Crichton, The Lost World

“Sometimes a strikeout means that the slugger’s girlfriend just ran off with the UPS driver. Sometimes a muffed ground ball means that the shortstop’s baby daughter has a pain in her head that won’t go away. And handicapping is for amateur golfers, not ballplayers. Pitchers don’t ease off on the cleanup hitter because of the lumps just discovered in his wife’s breast. Baseball is not life. It is a fiction, a metaphor. And a ballplayer is a man who agrees to uphold that metaphor as though lives were at stake.

Perhaps they are. I cherish a theory I once heard propounded by G.Q. Durham that professional baseball is inherently antiwar. The most overlooked cause of war, his theory runs, is that it’s so damned interesting. It takes hard effort, skill, love and a little luck to make times of peace consistently interesting. About all it takes to make war interesting is a life. The appeal of trying to kill others without being killed yourself, according to Gale, is that it brings suspense, terror, honor, disgrace, rage, tragedy, treachery and occasionally even heroism within range of guys who, in times of peace, might lead lives of unmitigated blandness. But baseball, he says, is one activity that is able to generate suspense and excitement on a national scale, just like war. And baseball can only be played in peace. Hence G.Q.’s thesis that pro ball-players—little as some of them may want to hear it—are basically just a bunch of unusually well-coordinated guys working hard and artfully to prevent wars, by making peace more interesting.”
David James Duncan

“What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I'd done something I shouldn't have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I'd done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was sorry, but if I could go back in time I wouldn't do anything differently than I had done? What if I'd actually wanted to fuck every one of those men? What if heroin taught me something? What if yes was the right answer instead of no? What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn't have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

“The face you give the world tells the world how to treat you.”
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