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""purpose of philosophy" is fascinating and reasonably welcoming to the non-professional philosopher. the essay following on verification is a swamp of technical vocabulary oh my god." Jun 11, 2013 07:00PM

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"The first three chapters were amazing -- themed history is the BEST -- but the chapter on royal & elite women was a little mushy on its definitions of "royal" and "elite", which would've helped, I think." Oct 22, 2012 11:21AM

Genevieve Valentine
“Even Ayar's back tells the right time twice a day, and it was my turn to be right.”
Genevieve Valentine, Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti

Anne Carson
“What is an adjective? Nouns name the world. Verbs activate the names. Adjectives come from somewhere else. The word adjective (epitheton in Greek) is itself an adjective meaning 'placed on top', 'added', 'appended', 'foreign'. Adjectives seem fairly innocent additions, but look again. These small imported mechanisms are in charge of attaching everything in the world to its place in particularity. They are the latches of being.”
Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red

Sarah Caudwell
“On my first day in London I made an early start. Reaching the Public Record Office not much after ten, I soon secured the papers I needed for my research and settled in my place. I became, as is the way of the scholar, so deeply absorbed as to lose all consciousness of my surroundings or of the passage of time. When at last I came to myself, it was almost eleven and I was quite exhausted: I knew I could not prudently continue without refreshment.”
Sarah Caudwell, Thus Was Adonis Murdered

Sarah Caudwell
“You will be interested to hear, Hilary, that it [the drug] had a most remarkable effect — even on Selena after a very modest quantity. She cast off all conventional restraints and devoted herself without shame to the pleasure of the moment."

I asked for particulars of this uncharacteristic conduct.

"She took from her handbag a paperback edition of Pride and Prejudice and sat on the sofa reading it, declining all offers of conversation.”
Sarah Caudwell, The Shortest Way to Hades

Mary  Stewart
“If a man goes up into Parnassus after sunset, why should he not see strange things? The gods still walk there, and a man who would not go carefully in the country of the gods is a fool.”
Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael

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