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Francine Prose
“People see everything through the lens of their obsessions.”
Francine Prose, Goldengrove

David Foster Wallace
“To be, in a word, unborable.... It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish”
David Foster Wallace, The Pale King

Abraham Lincoln
“There are no bad pictures; that's just how your face looks sometimes.”
Abraham Lincoln

George Sand
“[On Chopin's Preludes:]

"His genius was filled with the mysterious sounds of nature, but transformed into sublime equivalents in musical thought, and not through slavish imitation of the actual external sounds. His composition of that night was surely filled with raindrops, resounding clearly on the tiles of the Charterhouse, but it had been transformed in his imagination and in his song into tears falling upon his heart from the sky. ... The gift of Chopin is [the expression of] the deepest and fullest feelings and emotions that have ever existed. He made a single instrument speak a language of infinity. He could often sum up, in ten lines that a child could play, poems of a boundless exaltation, dramas of unequalled power.”
George Sand, Story of My Life: The Autobiography of George Sand

Will Schwalbe
“One of the many things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence. ... I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me. They may make me feel, but I can't feel them. They are all soul with no flesh, no texture, and no weight.”
Will Schwalbe, The End of Your Life Book Club

68108 Read Between the Wines — 152 members — last activity Mar 19, 2020 07:06PM
A wine club for book lovers, or a book club for wine lovers? We can never remember which.
100590 The Thomas Mann Group — 234 members — last activity Aug 12, 2020 09:04PM
Members of Kindred Spirits and other interested GR members read the works of Thomas Mann. Our next scheduled read is The Magic Mountain, taking plac ...more
75271 Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace — 187 members — last activity Dec 22, 2019 08:18PM
This group read of DFW's Infinite Jest starts January 01, 2013 and finishes April 30, 2013. Please see this thread for the current reading schedule. ...more
115105 Everything Booklikes & Leafmarks — 748 members — last activity Oct 08, 2020 03:13PM
Want to know about BookLikes? Want to know how those of us who are on BL find it? It's here. If you have a BL account, please post your name. If you h ...more
108518 Thomas Mann's "The Magic Mountain" — 34 members — last activity Mar 18, 2014 09:23PM
This small group is designed to help readers share questions, answers, views and reviews about "The Magic Mountain". ...more
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