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No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai
“Nothing was so hard for me to understand, so baffling, and at the same time so filled with menacing overtones as the commonplace remark, “Human beings work to earn their bread, for if they don’t eat, they die.”
Osamu Dazai
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Confessions of a Yakuza by Junichi Saga
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The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
"”Where else could they go but California, the land of sunshine and oranges?

Once there, they discover that sunshine isn’t enough.

They realize that they’ve been tricked and burn with resentment. Every day of their lives they read newspapers and went...
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The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
“Their boredom becomes more and more terrible. They realize that they’ve been tricked and burn with resentment. Every day of their lives they read the newspapers and went to the movies. Both fed them on lynchings, murder, sex crimes, explosions, wrecks, love nests, fires, miracles, revolutions, war. This daily diet made sophisticates of them. The sun is a joke. Oranges can’t titillate their jaded palates. Nothing can ever be violent enough to make taut their slack minds and bodies. They have been cheated and betrayed. They have slaved and saved for nothing.”
Nathanael West
Five Great Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
“Just look at this life: the insolence and idleness of the strong, the ignorance and brutishness of the weak, impossible poverty all around us, overcrowding, degeneracy, drunkenness, hypocrisy, lies...Yet in all the houses and streets it's quiet, peaceful; of the fifty thousand people who live in town there is not one who would cry out or become loudly indignant. We see those who go to the market to buy food, eat during the day, sleep during the night, who talk their nonsense, get married, grow old, complacently drag their dead to the cemetery; but we don't see or hear those who suffer, and the horrors of life go on somewhere behind the scenes. Everything is quiet, peaceful, and only mute statistics protest: so many gone mad, so many buckets drunk, so many children dead of malnutrition... And this order is obviously necessary; obviously the happy man feels good only because the unhappy bear their burden silently, and without that silence happiness would be impossible. It's a general ...more Anton Chekhov
Kill All Normies by Angela Nagle
"Really disappointed by this. I'm fascinated by internet subcultures and the seedy underbelly of the web. I'm deeply interested in politics. This book seemed like a slam-dunk.

Its a joke. For the sake of brevity I'm just going to make a list:
-There..." Read more of this review »
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White Girls by Hilton Als
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Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
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Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. Le Guin
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“she knew that for her the greatest sin now and in the future was to delude herself. It had been a long lesson but she had learned it. Either you think--or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
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Hunter S. Thompson
“Sane is rich and powerful. Insane is wrong and poor and weak. The rich are free, the poor are put in cages. Res Ipsa Loquitur, amen. Mahalo.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Kingdom of Fear: Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Century

Lou Reed
“Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.”
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I want to give a really BAD party. I mean it. I want to give a party where there’s a brawl and seductions and people going home with their feelings hurt and women passed out in the cabinet de toilette. You wait and see.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

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