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Purity by Jonathan Franzen
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How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen
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Franzen is an angry dude. Cute shorts.
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Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
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I'm only halfway through this and I lost interest. It's very different from Ender's Game, and has little to no relevance to the original book except for a few characters and plot points. I really fell in love with the fist book so this is a disappoin ...more
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Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille
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I didn't know anything about this book- it was a recommendation (because I enjoy the Marquis de Sade). I have to say that Bastille's twisted storytelling is delightful, humorous, and horrific, which is maximum entertainment for this reader.
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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern vibes- thick with religious allusion, humanity, and existentialism, a very dark and fun read.
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At Home in the World by Thich Nhat Hanh
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Easy and cute read, Thich Nhat Hanh's collection of stories takes us through little bits of his interesting life (peppered with war and his childhood) and shows the way of Buddhist meditation. I think it was a nice reminder to take things slower and ...more
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1984 by George Orwell
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Hoes ain't loyal.

Disclaimer: I listened to this on audiobook during my commute

I enjoyed the essay portions of it- the breakdown of how the socio-political world of Oceania worked. However the actual story, like most sci-fi/dystopian fiction, lacked c
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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
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Everything about Foer's style I love. His voice is charmingly innocent, a little dark, and definitely unique. I appreciate the meta plots and parallel characters, as well as linguistic echoes of words like "extremely," and "incredibly." "Extremely Lo ...more
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Dune by Frank Herbert
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Herbert creates a really intricate world and interesting political system for Dune and it's been great to read the quintessential sci-fi novel. But this, like a lot of other sci-fi novels, I have issue with because of a lack of character development. ...more
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The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton
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This is one of those "I probably should have read this awhile ago," books. It's ok and I'd read the Poly book already. This is basically the Poly book, deluxe edition. Some stuff is relevant to most people- communication skills and self-reflection, a ...more
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Milan Kundera
“Happiness is the longing for repetition.”
Milan Kundera

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Marcus Aurelius
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Milan Kundera
“We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.”
Milan Kundera

Kahlil Gibran
“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.”
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

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