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La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
"We delve back in to alternate-world Oxford, miles from armoured bears but surrounded yet again by daemons and the mysterious alethiometers, following a young boy named Malcolm who is stuck in a world where young working-class boys are mostly disco..." Read more of this review »
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The Astronomer by Zoran Živković
"On Deciding What’s Important

A rather common, folksy view of ethics is that one should exercise judgment as if looking back from the future on the factual consequences of action (the secular equivalent of What Would Jesus Do among Evangelicals, a g..." Read more of this review »
Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
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Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
"I love how this book just oozes with food and sex. Esquivel does a masterful job of combining the art of good cooking, with the art of raw, passionate sex, and I liked it. I liked it a lot.

I bought this rather short read a few years back, and now..." Read more of this review »
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Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
“Consulting maps can diminish the wanderlust that they awaken,as the act of looking at them can replace the act of travel. But looking at maps is much more than an act of aesthetic replacement. Anyone who opens an atlas wants everything at once, without limits--the whole world. This longing will always be great, far greater than any satisfaction to be had by attaining what is desired. Give me an atlas over a guidebook any day. There is no more poetic book in the world.”
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12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
" Well Kevin, that is so very kind of you to say! I am glad to hear that I'm alone in thinking this way. It gives me some hope for the future :) An hono ...more "
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Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky
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Everything about this book is beautiful. And I do mean everything. The illustrations, the font, the binding, and the text itself.

If these read dates are accurate, then I started reading this just over a year ago, on May 14th. I was about to embark o
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James Baldwin
“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”
James Baldwin

Irène Némirovsky
“I keep telling you, you don't pay enough attention to the minor characters. A novel should be like a street full of strangers, where no more than two or three people are known to us in depth.”
Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française

Italo Calvino
“You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”
Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Franz Kafka
“Let the future sleep for now, as it deserves. If you wake it too early, you get a groggy present.”
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Jackson Katz
“I draw a line down the middle of a chalkboard, sketching a male symbol on one side and a female symbol on the other. Then I ask just the men: What steps do you guys take, on a daily basis, to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? At first there is a kind of awkward silence as the men try to figure out if they've been asked a trick question. The silence gives way to a smattering of nervous laughter. Occasionally, a young a guy will raise his hand and say, 'I stay out of prison.' This is typically followed by another moment of laughter, before someone finally raises his hand and soberly states, 'Nothing. I don't think about it.' Then I ask women the same question. What steps do you take on a daily basis to prevent yourselves from being sexually assaulted? Women throughout the audience immediately start raising their hands. As the men sit in stunned silence, the women recount safety precautions they take as part of their daily routine. Here are some of their answers: Hold my keys as a potential weapon. Look in the back seat of the car before getting in. Carry a cell phone. Don't go jogging at night. Lock all the windows when I sleep, even on hot summer nights. Be careful not to drink too much. Don't put my drink down and come back to it; make sure I see it being poured. Own a big dog. Carry Mace or pepper spray. Have an unlisted phone number. Have a man's voice on my answering machine. Park in well-lit areas. Don't use parking garages. Don't get on elevators with only one man, or with a group of men. Vary my route home from work. Watch what I wear. Don't use highway rest areas. Use a home alarm system. Don't wear headphones when jogging. Avoid forests or wooded areas, even in the daytime. Don't take a first-floor apartment. Go out in groups. Own a firearm. Meet men on first dates in public places. Make sure to have a car or cab fare. Don't make eye contact with men on the street. Make assertive eye contact with men on the street.”
Jackson Katz, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help

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