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The Waves by Virginia Woolf
"A masterful swallowtail catch of human emotions. Endlessly morphing and shifting expressions of nuanced and visceral sights, sounds and sensations. Tender and profound reflections spun as to wound or touch into something soft and sacred.
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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
“When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God's sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life's
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The Man Without Qualities by Robert Musil
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Note: Volume II of the newer Pike/Wilkins translation and Volume II of the older Wilkins/Kaiser translation do not cover the same material. This review is for the later.

From the first time I heard it, the title, The Man Without Qualities, struck me a
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Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
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Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
"Here's a little experiment for you. Read every line in Suttree in Tom Waits' voice. It makes perfect sense.

Before Cormac McCarthy became known for writing his weird, laconic cowboy Gothics, he was writing weird, Faulknerian Gothics set in the dege..." Read more of this review »
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Frank Zappa
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