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part of our duty was to explain to anyone with any kind of a spark that life was a glorious adventure.
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Yet the overall tone of this book was that life is incredibly tedious and inconvenient and dull.
Pierre-Simon Laplace
“Je n'avais pas besoin de cette hypothèse-là.”
Pierre-Simon LaPlace

Charlotte Brontë
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“I want you to see me naked and performing one or two dozen mad acts, which will take me less than half an hour, because if you have seen them with your own eyes, you can safely swear to any others you might wish to add.”
Cervantès, Don Quichotte

Leonard Cohen
“I will not be held like a drunkard / under the cold tap of facts”
Leonard Cohen

W.B. Yeats
“Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize whatever prey the heart long for, and have no fear. Everything exists, everything is true, and the earth is only a little dust under our feet.”
W. B. Yeats

Bookmarks (Select)
19 chapters   —   updated Dec 20, 2018 11:19AM
Description: For a little while now I've made an idle hobby of providing each of my books with its perfect bookmark. Some of them are found or made; some are bought. I'll put some of the better ones here, because some of y'all are super book nerds and maybe you'll get a kick out of it.
Flowcharts (Reference)
5 chapters   —   updated Nov 20, 2018 06:41AM
Description: One book leads to another, doesn't it? And now I'm flowcharting it because of course I am. Join me! It's cool!* <i>* it is not cool</i> I'm using free online software called Gliffy for this. It seems like it's really good so far. <b>The Rules</b> 1) In clarifying response to Ronald's question: this refers to the actual order you read these books in. 2) The connection can be anything at all. One book mentions another, or one book makes you think of the next for any reason at all... 3) But it has to be honest. The moment you say "I need to read this book for book club, so...okay, they're both by people whose names start with 'N'," you are cheating and you must start a new flowchart. Here's how you know you're cheating: you know you're cheating if you know you're cheating. 4) You can totally backtrack. If one book makes you think of two other books, and one of those books leads you on, that's fine. It'll make your flowchart more interesting. Whatever.
Essays (Nonfiction)
3 chapters   —   updated Nov 12, 2018 06:56AM
Description: Sometimes I want to write something about books.
Reading Lists (Horror)
11 chapters   —   updated Jan 18, 2018 05:22PM
Description: Here are things that might happen.
Various Reading Lists (Select)
16 chapters   —   updated Dec 19, 2017 08:23AM
Description: Here's the in-progress master list of 20th century works I hope to tackle in 2012 & 2013. What'd I miss?
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