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About me"I've ascended, descended, even condescended, and the List's not ended, - but haven't yet trans-cended a blessed thing, thankee." ~Thomas Pynchon

"By now, the sky is as dark as Johnny Cash's closet." ~Chuck Klosterman

"In and of itself, nothing really matters. What matters is that nothing is ever "in and of itself." ~Chuck Klosterman

"It was choosing that was impossible." ~Erica Jong

"The bonds of wedlock are so heavy that it takes two to carry them-sometimes three." ~Alexander Dumas

"She had pagan eyes, full of nocturnal mysteries" ~Thomas Hardy

"Her presence brought memories of such things as Bourbon roses, rubies, and tropical midnight; her moods recalled lotus-eaters and the march in Athalie; her motions, the ebb and flow of the sea; her voice, the viola" ~Thomas Hardy

"The world goes on because someone's awake somewhere." ~Anne Michaels

"As he left the bar with Christine at his side, Dixon felt like a special agent, a piracy, a Chicago war lord, a hidalgo, an oil baron, a Mohock. He kept careful control over his features to stop them doing what they wanted to do and breaking out into an imbecilic smirk of excitement and pride." ~Kingsley Amis

"We lonely ones.....we solitary dreamers, disinherited by life and brooding our days away in an icy and artificial world that is aside and apart....we who spread a cold breath of indomitable alienation around us the instant we appear among living creatures, our foreheads bearing the mark of knowledge and despair...we poor ghosts of existence, who are met with timid respect and who are left to ourselves as soon as possible so that our hollow and knowing eyes may no longer blight the festivities...we all nurture within ourselves a secret and degenerative yearning for the harmless, the simple, the lively, for a little friendship, devotion, intimacy and human happiness. 'Life,' from which we are excluded, never presents itself to us, the unusual ones, as something unusual, as a vision of utter grandeur and wild beauty; instead we yearn for what is normal, decent, and kind, the things that make up life in its seductive banality...." ~Thomas Mann

"...a miserable and despicable weather that you felt in all your nerves, wild, gloomy, and cold - and the December wind howled in the stovepipe, squalid and godforsaken, sounding like a labyrinth storm on a nocturnal heath, like a dreadful spiritual sorrow." ~Thomas Mann

"He crawled along on his belly, raised his upper body, and let it drop into the water. He did not lift his head again, he did not even move his legs, which lay on the bank." ~Thomas Mann

"The tall grasses undulated like eels under the north wind. The nettles seemed to twist long arms furnished with claws in search of prey. Some bits of dry heather, tossed by the breeze, flew rapidly by, and had the air of fleeing in terror before something which was coming after. On all sides there were lugubrious stretches." ~Victor Hugo

"Monasticism, such as it existed in Spain, and such as it still exists in Thibet, is a sort of phthisis for civilization. It stops life short. It simply depopulates. Claustration, castration. It has been the scourge of Europe. Add to this the violence so often done to the conscience, the forced vocations, feudalism bolstered up by the cloister, the right of the first-born pouring the excess of the family into monasticism, the ferocities of which we have just spoken, in pace, the closed mouths, the walled-up brains, so many unfortunate minds placed in the dungeon of eternal vows, the taking of the habit, the interment of living souls." ~Victor Hugo

"There will be, in all times and in all countries, particularly if religious divisions exist in those countries, fanatics who ask nothing better than to become martyrs." ~Alexandre Dumas

"But it's back to work. Back into winter. Back to my snowfields of empty pages" ~Botho Strauss

"Their skin remains moon white under our sun." ~Botho Strauss

"So, while you are lying here on the bed shivering in anticipation of the touch of a naked body, it has wrapped itself in primordial notions, innocence, the aura of the early days of childhood." ~Botho Stauss

"She did not want to marry any one. She wanted to go away by herself, preferably to some bleak northern moor, and there study mathematics and the science of astronomy." ~Virginia Woolf

"The whole environment of the place started another train of thought and struck her as enviably free; in such a room one could work - one could have a life of one's own." ~Virginia Woolf

"Even old, he would waltz her into the dunes and have his way with her sexy frail bird bones, the plastic hips, the bionic knee." ~Lauren Groff

"When twilight everywhere released the shadows, prisoned up all day, that now closed in and gathered like mustering swarms of ghosts." ~Charles Dickens

"If any one should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I feel it could no otherwise be expressed than by making answer, "Because it was he; because it was I." There is, beyond what I am able to say, I know not what inexplicable and inevitable power that brought on this union." ~Montaigne in George Eliot

"Chaos is merely order waiting to be deciphered." ~Jose Saramago

"A great damp loaf of a body." ~Annie Proulx

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Groups1001 Books to read before you die, friends of Maugham, Tea!, The Brontës

Favorite authorsJane Austen, John Banville, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Truman Capote, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Pat Conroy, Theodore Dreiser, Laura Esquivel, William Faulkner, Charles Frazier, William Golding, Thomas Hardy, John Irving, Henry James, D. H. Lawrence, Sinclair Lewis, Norman Mailer, Thomas Mann, W. Somerset Maugham, Ian McEwan, Toni Morrison, Boris Pasternak, Anne Rice, Tom Robbins, Arundhati Roy, Jose Saramago, William Shakespeare, John Steinbeck, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Botho Strauss, Colm Tóibín, Leo Tolstoy, William Trevor, Mark Twain, Voltaire, Kurt Vonnegut, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf (Shared favorites)


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