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Old 07-19-2015, 10:49 AM   #2596
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I've been reading her collection 'Black Tickets' the last week or so along with a variety of other things. She's written some wonderful short stories! (Wedding Picture, Slave, Sweethearts, Stripper.....)
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Old 07-22-2015, 08:27 AM   #2597
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:55 PM   #2598
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- E.L. Doctorow (RIP Mr. Doctorow you have given us much!)
Thanks so much for posting that - a great writer.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:38 AM   #2599
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Old 07-24-2015, 07:19 AM   #2600
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As an aside, I actually really, really enjoyed this book. I am an attorney, and a professor of law. I even teach a law and literature class. And this book in no way tarnished my experience of Mockingbird.
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Old 07-25-2015, 09:16 AM   #2601
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“Happy," I muttered, trying to pin the word down. But it is one of those words, like Love, that I have never quite understood. Most people who deal in words don’t have much faith in them and I am no exception – especially the big ones like Happy and Love and Honest and Strong. They are too elusive and far too relative when you compare them to sharp, mean little words like Punk and Cheap and Phony. I feel at home with these, because they’re scrawny and easy to pin, but the big ones are tough and it takes either a priest or a fool to use them with any confidence.”
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Old 07-27-2015, 01:40 AM   #2602
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.....Termination of activity, cessation from movement and opinion, and in a sense their death, is no evil. Turn thy thoughts now to the consideration of thy life, thy life as a child, as a youth, thy manhood, thy old age, for in these also every change was a death. Is this anything to fear? Turn thy thoughts now to thy life under thy grandfather, then to thy life under thy mother, then to thy life under thy father; and as thou findest many other differences and changes and terminations, ask thyself, Is this anything to fear? In like manner, then, neither are the termination and cessation and change of thy whole life a thing to be afraid of.
..........— Marcus Aurelius (121–180), Roman Emperor and Greek Stoic philosopher. The Meditations (George Long translation), Book IX: 21.
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:33 PM   #2603
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"The traveling salesmen fed me pills that made the lining of my veins feel scraped out, my jaw ached... I knew every raindrop by its name, I sensed everything before it happened. Like I knew a certain oldsmobile would stop even before it slowed, and by the sweet voices of the family inside, I knew we'd have an accident in the rain. I didn't care. They said they'd take me all the way."
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Old 07-28-2015, 11:50 PM   #2604
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"We observed that the wind always changed, when Mrs. Pardiggle became the subject of conversation: and that it invariably interrupted Mr. Jarndyce, and prevented his going any farther, when he had remarked that there were two classes of charitable people; one, the people who did a little and made a great deal of noise; the other, the people who did a great deal and made no noise at all. We were therefore curious to see Mrs. Pardiggle, suspecting her to be a type of the former class . . ."

--Charles Dickens, Bleak House (Chapter 8)

Esther's suspicions are confirmed when we meet Mrs. Pardiggle; she is indeed a "type of the former class."

I was hesitant to commit to reading Bleak House, due to its length, but I'm really enjoying it. Esther is a compelling narrator and is more "clever" than she presents herself to be.
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