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Jan. 26th, 2011

Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey

Hope
"Survival often depends on a specific focus: A relationship, a belief, or a hope balanced on the edge of possibility."
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Jan. 7th, 2011

Dress Your Family in Cordoroy by David Sedaris

Wishfulness
"That's the problem with wishes, they ensnare you."

Dec. 31st, 2010

Confidence Man by Herman Melville

Disguise
"Life is a picnic en costume. One must take a part, assume a character, and be prepared to play the fool."
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Dec. 29th, 2010

The Professor's House by Willa Cather

Perception
"Perhaps the mistake was merely in an attitude of mind."

Nov. 27th, 2010

Regeneration by Pat Barker

Marriage
"A dispiriting way to bring girls up...to make marriage the sole end of female existence, and yet deny that love between men and women was possible...men loved women as the fox loved the hare. And women loved men as a tapeworm loves the gut."

War
"It was prolonged strain, immobility and helplessness that did the damage, and not the sudden shocks or bizarre horrors that the patients themselves were inclined to point to as the explanation for their condition...Any explanation of war neurosis must account for the fact that this apparently intensely masculine life of war and danger and hardship produced in men the same disorders that women suffered from in peace."

Nov. 10th, 2010

To the Wedding by John Berger

Paradise
"Paradise is not for living in, it's for visiting."
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Beatrice and Virgil

Art
"A work of art works because it is true, not because it is real."

Storytelling
"Just as music is noise that makes sense, a painting is color that makes sense, so a story is life that makes sense."

Violence
"Once you've been struck by violence, you acquire companions that never leave you entirely."

Nov. 3rd, 2010

Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk

Sensation
"Why is it you feel like a dope if you laugh alone, but that's usually how you end up crying."

Struggle
"The best way is not to fight it, just go. Don't be trying all the time to fix things. What you run from only stays with you longer. When you fight something, you only make it stronger."

Power
"Beauty is power the same way money is power the same way a loaded gun is power."

Fear
"Don't do what you want. Do what you don't want. Do what you're trained not to want. Do the things that scare you the most."

Invisibility
"Besides, it happens fast for some people and slow for some, accidents or gravity, but we all end up mutilated. Most women know this feeling of being more and more invisible everyday."

God
"All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never ever be boring."

Oct. 24th, 2010

The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells

Sensation
"And I tell you, pleasure and pain have nothing to do with heaven or hell."

Lies
"An animal may be ferocious and cunning enough, but it takes a real man to tell a lie."

Oct. 20th, 2010

Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Perception
"But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real."

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