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Joy of Man's Desiring by Jean Giono
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What was it about this book? What is it about Jean Giono? As I read this book, many years ago now, I was truly beguiled, bewitched by the beauty of the prose, and the remarkable whole-ness of his vision of life.

I must confess that I had a lot of tro
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The Leadbeater papers by Mary Leadbeater
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I ordered this book thinking that there would be essays and perhaps a story by Mary Leadbeater, but I was led deluded. This is a collection of letters, between her father, Richard Shackleton, and his school mate and close friend, Edmund Burke, and th ...more
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Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
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Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann
"As veiled autobiography, Tonio Kröger is the left side of the book end, while "Death in Venice" the other. As a young man, TK is split by his parentage of the phlegmatic North and passionate South. In charting events of his upbringing and passage..." Read more of this review »
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Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann
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The simple fact is that I really like the work of Thomas Mann, but it usually takes me by surprise that I do. I have read quite a few of his books but not really any critical response to his writing, so this is an attempt to express my sense of his w ...more
Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann
"From the beginning of the novella, Tonio, the product of an un-poetic businessman and his exotic, alien wife, is conflicted. His desire to be an artist is at odds with his desire for a more pedestrian, bourgeois life. The beginning of the novella..." Read more of this review »
Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann
"In his speech during the Nobel award ceremony, Thomas Mann said about "Tonio Kröger":
Als junger Mensch habe ich eine Erzählung geschrieben, die immernoch jungen Menschen wohlgefällt, den Tonio Kröger. Sie handelt vom Süden und vom Norden und von..." Read more of this review »
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A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake by Joseph Campbell
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Fred Rogers
“Anyone who has ever been able to sustain good work has had at least one person--and often many--who have believed in him or her. We just don't get to be competent human beings without a lot of different investments from others.”
Fred Rogers

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman--a rope over an abyss.

A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting.

What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal: what is lovable in man is that he is an OVER-GOING and a DOWN-GOING.

I love those that know not how to live except as down-goers, for they are the over-goers.

I love the great despisers, because they are the great adorers, and arrows of longing for the other shore.

I love those who do not first seek a reason beyond the stars for going down and being sacrifices, but sacrifice themselves to the earth, that the earth of the Superman may hereafter arrive.

I love him who lives in order to know, and seeks to know in order that the Superman may hereafter live. Thus seeks he his own down-going.

I love him who labors and invents, that he may build the house for the Superman, and prepare for him earth, animal, and plant: for thus seeks he his own down-going.

I love him who loves his virtue: for virtue is the will to down-going, and an arrow of longing.

I love him who reserves no share of spirit for himself, but wants to be wholly the spirit of his virtue: thus walks he as spirit over the bridge.

I love him who makes his virtue his inclination and destiny: thus, for the sake of his virtue, he is willing to live on, or live no more.

I love him who desires not too many virtues. One virtue is more of a virtue than two, because it is more of a knot for one's destiny to cling to.

I love him whose soul is lavish, who wants no thanks and does not give back: for he always bestows, and desires not to keep for himself.

I love him who is ashamed when the dice fall in his favor, and who then asks: "Am I a dishonest player?"--for he is willing to succumb.

I love him who scatters golden words in advance of his deeds, and always does more than he promises: for he seeks his own down-going.

I love him who justifies the future ones, and redeems the past ones: for he is willing to succumb through the present ones.

I love him who chastens his God, because he loves his God: for he must succumb through the wrath of his God.

I love him whose soul is deep even in the wounding, and may succumb through a small matter: thus goes he willingly over the bridge.

I love him whose soul is so overfull that he forgets himself, and all things that are in him: thus all things become his down-going.

I love him who is of a free spirit and a free heart: thus is his head only the bowels of his heart; his heart, however, causes his down-going.

I love all who are like heavy drops falling one by one out of the dark cloud that lowers over man: they herald the coming of the lightning, and succumb as heralds.

Lo, I am a herald of the lightning, and a heavy drop out of the cloud: the lightning, however, is the SUPERMAN.--”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

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