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Capitalist Realism by Mark Fisher
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Thoughtful, spirited analysis of our current condition by one who left this world far too soon. Among the galaxy of insights that the book delivers is the following: ‘The current ruling ontology denies any possibility of a social causation of mental ...more
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Lust, Caution by Eileen Chang
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It is thus confirmed: I love Eileen Chang's fiction.
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The Borgias by Paul Strathern
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I took this with me on vacation and enjoyed it thoroughly. Strathern is a thoughtful and accomplished writer and I found the link to Machiavelli’s ‘vir et fortuna’ to be very helpful. Pleased to have made the family’s acquaintance (although there are ...more
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Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
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The first time that I read the book (my first by Ms Chang), I was left a little cold by the intricacies of the familial order. But that, I realized, is entirely the point of a novella like ‘The Golden Cangue’. So I immediately re-read the book (somet ...more
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What the Light Was Like by Amy Clampitt
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I had not read this since it was first published and, with the exception of the execrable ‘Voyages’, I enjoyed it very much. I think that my present taste is for a leaner sort of diction, the poet really does know how to sing.
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Give People Money by Annie Lowrey
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CSNY by Peter Doggett
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Well done and I am in no way a fan of the band in either of its two manifestations. Doggett, who is an excellent writer, is the only person I know who appears to lament the addition of Neil Young to CSN. (Doggett's diminished regard for records such ...more
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David Bentley Hart
“. . . [Nietzsche] had the good manners to despise Christianity, in large part, for what it actually was--above all, for its devotion to an ethics of compassion--rather than allow himself the soothing, self-righteous fantasy that Christianity’s history had been nothing but an interminable pageant of violence, tyranny, and sexual neurosis. He may have hated many Christians for their hypocrisy, but he hated Christianity itself principally on account of its enfeebling solicitude for the weak, the outcast, the infirm, and the diseased; and, because he was conscious of the historical contingency of all cultural values, he never deluded himself that humanity could do away with Christian faith while simply retaining Christian morality in some diluted form, such as liberal social conscience or innate human sympathy.”
David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies

David Bentley Hart
“Late modern society is principally concerned with purchasing things, in ever greater abundance and variety, and so has to strive to fabricate an ever greater number of desires to gratify, and to abolish as many limits and prohibitions upon desire as it can. Such a society is already implicitly atheist and so must slowly but relentlessly apply itself to the dissolution of transcendent values. It cannot allow ultimate goods to distract us from proximate goods. Our sacred writ is advertising, our piety is shopping, our highest devotion is private choice. God and the soul too often hinder the purely acquisitive longings upon which the market depends, and confront us with values that stand in stark rivalry to the only truly substantial value at the center of the social universe: the price tag.”
David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

Tom Rachman
“The Internet is to news," he said, "what car horns are to music.”
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Huston Smith
“When there are miles to go before we sleep, altered traits are more important than altered states.”
Huston Smith, The Essential Rumi

John O'Donohue
“Grace is the permanent climate of divine kindness; the perennial infusion of springtime into the winter of bleakness.”
John O'Donohue, Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

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