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Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
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Grizzled after decades of combat, Lucifer retreats to his idyllic home in Carmel-by-the-Sea and composes his treatise on the metaphysics of war before suffering defeat at the hands of a heart attack. By turns it is hilarious, irreverent, pragmatic—si ...more
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Reveille for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
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Alinsky’s infamous Rules for Radicals has sat on my reading list gathering dust for years now, and I figured it was about time to give it its day in the sun. But first came his first RoR, because—doesn’t ideological evolution also fascinate you?

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Kudos by Rachel Cusk
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Between Outline and Transit, three years, between Transit and Kudos, one. Though I am not privy to the circumstances of Cusk’s life, I would like to submit two hypotheses regarding the relative rapidity of this final chapter’s publication—it owes its ...more
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Transit by Rachel Cusk
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Occasioned by the recent release of Kudos, I decided to continue Cusk’s Faye trilogy. Transit has all of Outline’s hallmark tropes—descriptive facticity, deadpan humor, episodic cadence—but less, I feel, of its charm, either due to its familiar turns ...more
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Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
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Snake charmers understand that the reptilian mind, like ours, is governed by a set of strictures. Though we know not who first discovered the sonic method which, to this day, enables us most reliably to map its parameters of execution, this has not p ...more
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Quantum Psychology by Robert Anton Wilson
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[Hideaki Anno] felt that children should be exposed early to the realities of life so that they do not grow up weak and sheltered and so that they will become immune to some of the harsh situations they will eventually experience.
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The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Privy Counseling by Anonymous
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If my words may steer but one prospective reader from this horrendously utilitarian translation (hence two stars not four), I shall rest this life in peace. Compare:
(Walsh)
And therefore be wary, for surely what beastly heart that presumeth for to tou
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The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai
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Ring ring hello / who is it / it’s Raymond Carver / he wants to know, “And did you get what / you wanted from this world, even so?” / “No,” says Krasnahorkai, “No.”

Two foils:

1. The Egg
In Andy Weir’s dialogue, a man—namely, you—dies in a car accident
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Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi
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‘Passable,’ the old man replied. ‘Actually quite…’ For a moment his voice became higher, more enthusiastic, then he seemed to change his mind. ‘Quite passable,’ he concluded, correcting himself in time. [p.45]
Is what I’d say if I felt like being snar
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The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich
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Like all terms, “art” is defined where inquiry ends, and Gombrich is one who encourages readers to never stop asking. His quite admirable approach is to frame the historical trajectory of art in terms of instrumentality: what art was—and is—for, and ...more
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“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.”
Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

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