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Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen
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Fantasy sells. I've never read a book that so blatantly calls out our national philosophy: believe what you want, even if it isn't true, because everyone else is. Like many Americans, I was a victim of this philosophy when I was growing up, and still ...more
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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This insufferable group of students reminded me too much of a class I took in college... I believe it was called Intellectual History of the 20th Century, or some other highbrow haven for unmitigated wankery. Interesting class, snobby people. Wasn't ...more
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
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Rabindranath Tagore
“Some day I shall sing to thee in the sunrise of some other world, I have seen thee before in the light of the earth, in the love of man.”
Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Viktor E. Frankl
“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it”
Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Herman Melville
“But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of joy.”
Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Pynchon
“All the animals, the plants, the minerals, even other kinds of men, are being broken and reassembled every day, to preserve an elite few, who are the loudest to theorize on freedom, but the least free of all.”
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow

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