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Not totally without value, including pleasant weather descriptions, a lovely description of musicianship, and a worthwhile description of unconditional love (subsequently annulled). Also suggests the futility of war.

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While "Cosmos" is sufficiently excellent, "Pornografia" is an effervescent, fearless exploration of the dire potentials of decentralised existential meaning. Modernist genius at its finest, and not for the faint of heart. Bravo!
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After reading this I realise that policies of assimilation were part of a genocidal movement.
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James Joyce
“The mouth can be better engaged than with a cylinder of rank weed.”
James Joyce, Ulysses

Jack London
“Morrell, ever a true comrade, too had a splendid brain. In fact, and I who am about to die have the right to say it without incurring the charge of immodesty, the three best minds in San Quentin from the Warden down were the three that rotted there together in solitary. And here at the end of my days, reviewing all that I have known of life, I am compelled to the conclusion that strong minds are never docile. The stupid men, the fearful men, the men ungifted with passionate rightness and fearless championship - these are the men who make model prisoners. I thank all gods that Jake Oppenheimer, Ed Morrell, and I were not model prisoners.”
Jack London, The Star Rover

Jack London
“But nobody else ever romped with White Fang. He did not permit it. He stood on his dignity, and when they attempted it, his warning snarl and bristling mane were anything but playful. That he allowed the master these liberties was no reason that he should be a common dog, loving here and loving there, everybody's property for a romp and good time. He loved with single heart and refused to cheapen himself or his love.”
Jack London, White Fang

W.H. Auden
“The desires of the heart are as crooked as corkscrews
Not to be born is the best for man
The second best is a formal order
The dance's pattern, dance while you can.
Dance, dance, for the figure is easy
The tune is catching and will not stop
Dance till the stars come down from the rafters
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.”
W.H. Auden

Samuel Richardson
“You know not the value of the heart you have insulted... You, sir, I thank you, have lowered my fortunes: but, I bless God, that my mind is not sunk with my fortunes. It is, on the contrary, raised above fortune, and above you[.]”
Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady

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