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A writer, like a cinematographer, manipulates the viewer’s perspective on an ongoing story, with the verbal equivalent of camera angles and quick cuts.

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Trailer Trash by Angie Cavallari
Trailer Trash: an '80s Memoir
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My only problem with this book is that it's way too short. I enjoyed every minute bit of it. And I'm definitely hungry for more. Especially given the book ends on a promising note that "the story continues."
Trailer Trash: 80s memoir is about th
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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
“You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy, with a bubble of hot poison in your loins and a super-voluptuous flame permanently aglow in your subtle spine (oh, how you have to cringe and hide!), in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs―the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone, the slenderness of a downy limbs, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate―the little deadly demon among the wholesome children; she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious herself of her fantastic power.”
Vladimir Nabokov
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The Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang
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While I've heard about the atrocities commited by the Japanese army on the Chinese, I've never realized the full scope of the disaster until I picked up this book, which I would have never done if not for the required reading at school (I tend to avo ...more
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The Plains by Gerald Murnane
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Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez
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Of Love and Other Demons was my second book by GGM, and it's certainly not the last. I'm officially in love with magic realism and GGM in particular.

The narrator tells the story of a young girl neglected by her affluent parents who got bitten by a d
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Unmasking Maskirovka by Daniel Bagge
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It’s a great read in case you’re interested in Russian hackers, who have been making it to top headlines for the last few years. The reason everyone got so concerned with Russian hackers working for the government, is, of course, their active partici ...more
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The Lover by Marguerite Duras
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a sad & beautiful love story

At times fractured thoughts and stream of consciousness -- it was obvious the writer was desperate to put her thoughts down on paper before they scratch themselves with time and turn into oblivion. There's a lot of
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American Rococo by Isham Cook
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, especially the essays on the language, literature, and the arts. I might be biased in my review because, for the most part, I share the views of the author: I believe in polyamory, atheism (the pun intended), th ...more
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Vladimir Nabokov
“You have to be an artist and a madman, a creature of infinite melancholy, with a bubble of hot poison in your loins and a super-voluptuous flame permanently aglow in your subtle spine (oh, how you have to cringe and hide!), in order to discern at once, by ineffable signs―the slightly feline outline of a cheekbone, the slenderness of a downy limbs, and other indices which despair and shame and tears of tenderness forbid me to tabulate―the little deadly demon among the wholesome children; she stands unrecognized by them and unconscious herself of her fantastic power.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

Virginia Woolf
“I am reading six books at once, the only way of reading; since, as you will agree, one book is only a single unaccompanied note, and to get the full sound, one needs ten others at the same time.”
Virginia Woolf, The Letters of Virginia Woolf: Volume Three, 1923-1928

Prince
“But life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last.”
Prince, 1999 (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)

Benjamin Franklin
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Benjamin Franklin

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