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Blindness by José Saramago
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This is one of those stories where you are watching things go from bad to worse to worse. Really well-written and the story just carries you along but don't expect to feel great after finishing this. Civilization collapses and barbarity reigns while ...more
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The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge
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Lots of fascinating things here: people who have lost their sense of balance and cannot stand upright learning to walk again, students overcoming massive learning disabilities, paralyzed stroke victims making full recoveries, amputees getting rid of ...more
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The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout
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This is a quick introduction to the world of the sociopath. The narratives, though basically fictitious, are evocative and, in some ways, the best part. Personally, I would have liked to have learned more about the scientific/medical side of the ...more
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Ferdydurke by Witold Gombrowicz
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Crazy, brilliant, and frustrating novel from the 1930's by this mad Polish author. The basic theme/question/idea is: do we possess an identity outside of what people think of us or are we mostly shaped by society's perception of who we are? As all ...more
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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
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Read this right after finishing his biography. Not really recommended for someone who hasn't read Borges before as there are many good, short collections and anthologies that will give you a taste, but if you want to go "all out" then this is the ...more
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Borges by Edwin Williamson
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I was actually surprised by how eventful Borges's life was as I always envisioned him as some sort of monk who lived in a library and slowly went blind. Ok, maybe he did live with his mother in their family home until she died, but he was quite ...more
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The Theater and Its Double by Antonin Artaud
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Perfect for a day at the beach
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Fernando Pessoa and Co. by Fernando Pessoa
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Portugese nut who split his writing output into numerous "heteronyms"- fully fledged authors of their own with distinct viewpoints and writing styles who proceeded to debate and critique each other's work in the periodicals of his time. Very mellow ...more
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Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges
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Outstanding collection from one of South America's finest. Stories, parables, and essays exploring the nature of reality, the crossing over of art and life, etc. all written in a clear, logical, rigorous manner. Read this and you will have something ...more
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The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
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Yeah, I read a book about botany, so what? Blame Norm for this one. Seriously, though this is a cool book that reexamines humanity's role in transforming nature and nature's role in transforming humanity. Special props to the chapter on marijuana, ...more
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