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1. This is an astonishingly well-written account. There's a long passage about the work of Ida B. Wells, the journalist primarily responsible for revealing the truth of lynching to the world. We follow her on her British speaking tours where she
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The Complete Works
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William2 William2 said: " Reading Sarah Bakewell's excellent new Humanly Possible, about the development of humanist thought, has sent me back to reread Montaigne. My first reading was the translation by M.A. Screech on Penguin books, which may be out of print now, but which ...more "

London Fields: In...
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William2 William2 said: " Notes on fourth or fifth reading.

-R.I.P., M.A.

Nicola Six's legion of men don't have name or lives. They're more like units, monads, disposable.

"Considered more generally - when you looked at the human wreckage she left in her slipstream, the nervous
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May 22, 2023 09:18PM

Norman Mailer
“I find it’s more fun to write about something that you don’t know completely and that you will discover on route. A dear friend of mine...once said: 'The only time I know anything is when it comes to me at the point of my pen.' So I think that if you start to write about things that you know half well, that you’re fascinated by, that you sense you have an appreciation of that others might not have, but you do have to acquire the knowledge as you go, you discover a great many things at the point of a pen. And it keeps the writing alive in itself in a way.
(in an interview with Martin Amis, 1991, see YouTube)”
Norman Mailer

Barbara W. Tuchman
“In individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Jonathan Swift
“Whatever reader desires to have a thorough comprehension of an author's thoughts cannot take a better method than by putting himself into the circumstances and postures of life that the author was in upon every important passage as it flowed from his pen; for this will introduce a parity and strict correspondence of ideas between the reader and the author. Now, to assist the diligent reader in so delicate an affair, as far as brevity will permit, I have recollected that the shrewdest pieces of this treatise were conceived in bed in a garret; at other times (for a reason best known to myself) I thought fit to sharpen my invention with hunger; and in general, the whole work was begun, continued, and ended under a long course of physic and great want of money.”
Jonathan Swift, A Tale of a Tub

Amos Tutuola
“When we traveled for two and half days, we reached the Deads' road from which dead babies drove us, and when we reached there, we could not travel on it because of fearful dead babies, etc. which were still on it.”
Amos Tutuola

Martin Amis
“A writer’s life is half ambition and half anxiety, and there has to be both. It is no good writing a novel and feeling fine, and it is no good writing a whole novel feeling miserable. It has to be both, that mixture of anxiety and ambition, and you get that with every novel, but more so when you write about these epics of human suffering. I felt that just as much when I wrote about the Gulag. Every writer knows what that is. The process goes… you have to think: ‘This novel I am writing is no good.’ Then you have to think: ‘All my novels are no good.’ And then, when you reach that point, you can begin.”
Martin Amis

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