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About meAn atheistic existential nihilist with more than a touch of absurdism thrown in for good measure, who does not stay in bed all day mourning over how pointless existence is but instead tries to experience life to its fullest.

To paraphrase Giacomo Leopardi, a child's first loss of innocence occurs when he realizes that all living things die, and I would add, the second is when he realizes this includes god...'when I was a child, I had childish thoughts, but as an adult I've put away childish things.'

One should choose one's beliefs rationally, but live one's life irrationally...


If you never question your beliefs, never question the beliefs your society and parents taught you, then you are no different from a trained monkey. As the bible says 'train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will be indistinguishable from a trained monkey.'
Proverbs 22:6 - Sapere aude!

"The path of a reader is not a runway but more a hack through a forest, with individual twists and turns, entanglements and moments of surprise." (Holden, 2004)

Although it may seem I collect books, I prefer to collect experiences.

When people ask if I've read all my books, I reply that I am acquainted with all of them, some more intimately than others.

I have three kindles(DX, Fire, White) and a Samsung Tablet, but I still prefer books.

In my spare time, I like to make photographs and ride my motorcycle.

Some oddities about me:

I write with a retractable Namiki Pilot fountain pen with a semi-Italic nib( It's a much more sensuous way of writing. )

I bought my first book when I was 6 for 10¢. It was a fat tome about the history of the United States. I can't say that I ever read it, but that started my romance with books...

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On horror:

We have evolved an excess of consciousness, which makes us aware that we will someday die. Consciously or unconsciously we deploy all sorts of techniques to ignore and mask this uncomfortable fact. At some point though, when these techniques fail, and the soporific effects of the Abrahamic faiths have worn off, when religion, alcohol, drugs, sex and a personal relationship with Jesus no longer mask this painful truth, you come face to face with the realization that you are just a gene copying bio-robot, a puppet of nature who only thinks he has control of the strings...an effect rather than a cause. You grasp desperately at your only consolation: life after death. However, you soon realize that this is just one of the futile techniques used to make life livable. It dawns on you what an eternity of consciousness really means: It means eventually doing the same things over and over again an infinite number of times, having the same conversations with the same people an infinite number of times, having sex with everyone who ever lived or ever will live an infinite number of times. It is then you realize your only salvation lies in the extinction of consciousness. You realize that consciousness itself is the real supernatural horror that has intruded unexpectedly into nature. The source of horror lies in human consciousness itself.

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On Pornography:

"Within an hour of my visit to Harvard’s Widener Library, I was beginning to suspect that smut had been behind the rise of … everything. I discovered that pornos caused the French Revolution, and that the Renaissance really got going when images of hard-core, swan-on-guy action began to circulate among the people. Every pornographer of note, it seemed, was a pop philosopher; every philosopher, a closet pornographer. As for the rise of the novel, of literary realism, this, I learned, was linked to a certain eighteenth-century depiction of a ponytailed dude taking it from behind from another ponytailed dude while the first dude gets sucked off by a chick, who is also taking it from behind from yet a third ponytailed dude, all while another chick—who happens to be wearing a lovely Dormeuse-style cap—rides piggyback on the first dude, which positions her perfectly to flog the third dude, while being orally pleasured from behind by the second dude. The caption to this illustration reads, “A Typical Scene.” According to the pile of books I’d stacked onto my library desk, our story is nothing but the evolutionary history of the Porno sapiens. ( http://www.theparisreview.org/blog/tag/the-nympho-librarian-and-other-stories )"

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On Religion:

Finding something of value in religion is akin to spotting a kernel of undigested corn floating in the toilet after a particularly nasty bowel movement.

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Theology is the philosophy of non-existing entities.

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“And Trojans hearing the brazen voice of Aeacides,
all their spirits quaked – even sleek-maned horses,
sensing death in the wind, slewed their chariots round
and charioteers were struck dumb when they saw that fire,
relentless, terrible, burst from proud-hearted Achilles’ head, blazing as fiery-eyed Athena fuelled the flames."

‘Stand in the trench Achilles, flame-capped and shout for me’

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On Girls:

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve".

PS: It doesn't hurt that her favorite author is Anaïs Nin, loves spending all her free time reading at a nude beach, and has a favorite vibrator...just say'n...of course not everyone can find the girl of their dreams...
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Nil igitur mors est ad nos neque pertinet hilum,
Quandoquidem natura animi mortalis habetur

Lucretius
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IN Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame baloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it's
spring
and
the

goat-footed

baloonMan whistles
far
and
wee

E.E. Cummings(1920)

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Wild honey smells of freedom
The dust--of sunlight
The mouth of a young girl, like a violet
But gold--smells of nothing.

Anna Akhmatova
Lines 1-4 "Wild Honey Smells of Freedom"

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Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

John Lennon
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since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don't cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids' flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life's not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

since feeling is first
e.e. cummings

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"Do not aspire to immortal life,
but exhaust the limits of the possible."

Pindar, Pythian iii

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"I beseech you, my brothers, be true to the earth, and do not believe those who speak to you of otherworldly hopes! They are poisoners, whether they know it or not."

Friedrich Nietzsche

=================== Blog Roll ===================

Global Center for Advanced Studies

Plastic Bodies

Larval Subjects
Speculative Heresy
Minds and Brains
Sub Specie Aeterni
Evolution Blog
The Philosopher's Magazine
Philosophy Now

Speculations - A Journal of Speculative Realism
Urbanomic

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Southern Poverty Law Center
Right Wing Watch
Freedom from Religion Foundation

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Confest
Burning Man - Cargo Cult
Crime Thinc
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About my libraryMy obscurity rating is 78/607. Apparently, only 12.8% of Library Thingers share my interest in books. I own all the books. The shelved books are my 'working' library. Others are boxed due to space.

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Favorite bookstoresBrazenhead Books, Daedalus Bookshop, Strand Bookstore

Favorite librariesAlderman Library (UVa), Jefferson-Madison Regional Library: Central Branch

Other favoritesVirginia Festival of the Book

Homepagehttp://www.pedrbran.blogspot.com/

Real namePedr

LocationCharlottesville, VA

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Member sinceOct 10, 2012

Currently readingThe New Spirit of Capitalism by Luc Boltanski
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Supernatural as Natural: A Biocultural Approach to Religion by Michael Winkelman
Event: Philosophy in Transit by Slavoj Zizek
The New Way Of The World: On Neoliberal Society by Pierre Dardot
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Yes, I know, Hokusai's is the most famous. I forget who painted the other one but it's modern.
Not sure what Phineas' inspiration was, but I certainly remembered it! And this one:

http://www.librarything.com/topic/114013#2637791
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