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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
"I liked this book, especially the first half. It presents the complexities of marriage and family when one member is incarcerated. In this case, he is innocent and black. I think the central problem is important, and one I had hardly considered. H..." Read more of this review »
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
"Quite an engaging book, dealing with a British off-the-record program of female spies during World War II, and the efforts of one woman to discover what happened to them. Some aspects of this latter part of the plot seemed a bit implausible, but o..." Read more of this review »
On the Bright Side by Hendrik Groen
"It is perhaps not an earth-shaking book, but I did really enjoy this second installment of Hendrik Groen's diary. The first set me up to know what to expect, and to just roll with it. The setting is an "old-age home" in the Netherlands, with its c..." Read more of this review »
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How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems
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Minds, Brains and Science by John Rogers Searle
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In this collection of six talks, delivered as the BBC's Reith Lectures, Searle presents his argument against the strong artificial intelligence theory, and attempts to demystify the connection between body and mind, before confessing himself baffled ...more
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
"Vyshinsky: Why did you write the poem?

Rosov: It demanded to be written. I simply happened to be sitting at the particular desk on the particular morning when it chose to make its demands.

Vyshinksy: And where was that exactly?

Rostov: In the south p...
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Stephen King
“And what about those [writers' workshop] critiques, by the way? How valuable are they? Not very, in my experience, sorry. A lot of them are maddeningly vague. I love the feeling of Peter's story, someone may say. It had something... a sense of I don't know... there's a loving kind of you know... I can't exactly describe it....

It seems to occur to few of the attendees that if you have a feeling you just can't describe, you might just be, I don't know, kind of like, my sense of it is, maybe in the wrong fucking class.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Neil Gaiman
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Don Marquis
“When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?”
Don Marquis
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Anne Lamott
“You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
Anne Lamott

David Hilbert
“Wir müssen wissen, wir werden wissen.”
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