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Reading

Lane  Power, Sex, Suicide

"The answer to the question of life, the universe and everything is not 42, as Douglas Adams once had it, but an almost equally cryptic shorthand: it is mitochondria."

 

Bergreen  Over the Edge of the World

Magellan picks a fight with Lapu Lapu and fails to circumnavigate the globe.

 

Magee The Tristan Chord

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Eliot  Middlemarch

"This implicit reasoning is essentially no more peculiar to evangelical belief than the use of wide phrases for narrow motives is peculiar to Englishmen. There is no general doctrine which is not capable of eating out our morality if unchecked by the deep-seated habit of direct fellow-feeling with individual fellow-men."

 

Clark The Son Also Rises

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Braudel  Civilization & Capitalism vol. I-III

"The history of inventions, taken by itself, is a misleading hall of mirrors. America when the Vikings reached it was lost as soon as it was discovered because Europe did not yet need it. There are times when technology represents the possible, which for various reasons–economic, social or psychological–men are not yet capable of achieving or fully utilizing."

 

Ciarla & De Luca  The Eternal Army

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Blake  Songs of Innocence and Experience

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La Rochefoucauld  Maxims

We often forgive those who bore us, but we’re incapable of forgiving those whom we bore.

Few men are sufficiently discerning to appreciate all of the evil that they do.

When the vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that it is we who are leaving them.

The virtues lose themselves in self-interest as rivers lose themselves in the sea.

We make promises in proportion to our hopes; we keep them in proportion to our fears.

The love of justice is in most men no more than the fear of suffering injustice.

 

Goodsell The Machinery of Life

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James  The Wings of the Dove & The Golden Bowl

"The deep danger, the only one that made him, as an idea, positively turn cold, would have been the possiblity of her seeking him in marriage, of her bringing between them that terrible issue. Here fortunately she was powerless, it being apparently so proveable against her that she had a husband in undiminished existence. She had him, it was true, only in America, only in Texas, in Nebraska, in Arizona or somewhere--somewhere that scarcely figured as a definite place at all; it showed somehow from afar as so lost, so indistinct and illusory, in the great alkali desert of cheap divorce."

 

Woolf  The Waves

"Now no one sees me and I change no more. Heaven be praised for the solitude that has removed the pressure of the eye, the solicitation of the body, and all the need of lies and phrases."

 

Várkonyi & Domokos  Mono-monostatic Bodies

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Amis  Lucky Jim

"Welch lifted his head slowly, like the muzzle of some obsolete howitzer."

 

Shagga Ethiopian

33: vegetarian combination

 

Camille Seaman  The Last Iceberg

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Williams  Butcher's Crossing, Stoner, and Augustus

"But the man of age, if he plays his assigned role properly, must see life as a comedy. For his triumphs and his failures merge, and one is no more the occasion for pride or shame than the other; and he is neither the hero who proves himself against those forces, not the protagonist who is destroyed by them. Like any poor, pitiable shell of an actor, he comes to see that he has played so many parts that there no longer is himself."

 

Thompson  On Growth and Form

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Balzac  Lost Illusions

"Rogues can make up a quarrel after blows have been given and received, but lovers will part forever because of a look or a word. The secret of many an inexplicable separation is to be found in some memory of an all but perfect understanding that once existed. We can come to terms with a certain mistrust, so long as the past presents no picture of a pure and unclouded affection; but two beings who have once known a perfect understanding can never endure a relationship in which every look and every word must be carefully watched."

 

Bach  Toccata in C Minor

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Nabokov  Pale Fire

"The heating system was a farce, depending as it did on registers in the floor wherefrom the tepid exhalations of a throbbing and groaning basement furnace were transmitted with the faintness of a moribund’s last breath. By occluding the apertures upstairs I attempted to give more energy to the register in the living room but its climate proved to be incurably vitiated by there being nothing between it and the arctic regions save a sleezy front door without a vestige of vestibule—either because the house had been built in midsummer by a naďve settler who could not imagine the kind of winter New Wye had in store for him, or because oldtime gentility required that a chance caller at the open door could satisfy himself from the threshold that nothing unseemly was going on in the parlor."

 

Brandt  On This Earth, A Shadow Falls

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Dias  Conquest of New Spain, Thomas - Conquest, MacQuarrie - Last Days of the Incas, Las Casas - A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

"Then they ate their flesh with a sauce of peppers and tomatoes."

 

Clark  A Farewell to Alms

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Herodotus & Thucydides

"A possession toward forever."

 

Von Frisch  The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees

How bees navigate at noon at the equator.

 

Parfit  Reasons and Persons

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