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An American Free Space – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on An American Free Space – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · American, Culture

…making contact with authentic Spain, which I only defined negatively as an American-free space

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The American Example – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on The American Example – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy · American, History, Morality

John Adams once said that he considered the founding of America part of “A divine plan for the liberation of the slavish part of mankind all over the globe.” This faith did not spring from grandiose schemes of empires abroad. It grew instead from confidence that the example set by our nation – the example […]

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We Are The People You’re Talking About – “Revolutionary Road” – Richard Yates

September 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on We Are The People You’re Talking About – “Revolutionary Road” – Richard Yates · American, Criticism, Culture, Elitism, Literature

I remember looking at you and thinking ‘God, if only he’d stop talking.’ Because everything you said was based on this great premise of ours that we’re somehow very special and superior to the whole thing, and I wanted to say ‘But we’re not! Look at us! We’re just like the people you’re talking about! […]

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Afraid to Merge – “Less than Zero” – Brett Easton Ellis

August 12th, 2011 · Comments Off on Afraid to Merge – “Less than Zero” – Brett Easton Ellis · American, Prose, Writing

People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles. This is the first thing I hear when I come back to the city. Blair picks me up from LAX and mutters this under her breath as she drives up the onramp. She says, “People are afraid to merge on freeways in Los Angeles.” Though […]

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Man is Not Made for Defeat – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway

May 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Man is Not Made for Defeat – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway · American, Literature

“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”

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What a Man Can Do and Endure – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway

May 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on What a Man Can Do and Endure – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway · American, Literature, Uncategorized

“I’ll kill him though,” he said. “In all his greatness and his glory.” Although it is unjust, he thought. But I will show him what a man can do and what a man endures.

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The Fish – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway

May 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Fish – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway · American, Description, Literature, Prose, Writing

The line rose slowly and steadily and then the surface of the ocean bulged ahead of the boat and the fish came out. He came out unendingly and water poured from his sides. He was bright in the sun and his head and back were dark purple and in the sun the stripes on his […]

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Bringing in the Fish – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway

May 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on Bringing in the Fish – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway · American, Description, Literature, Prose, Writing

Then he began to pity the great fish that he had hooked. He is wonderful and strange and who knows how old he is, he thought. Never have I had such a strong fish nor one who acted so strangely. Perhaps he is too wise to jump. He could ruin me by jumping or by […]

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First You Borrow, Then You Beg – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway

May 13th, 2011 · Comments Off on First You Borrow, Then You Beg – “The Old Man and the Sea” – Ernest Hemingway · American, Literature, Quotes

“One sheet. That’s two dollars and a half. Who can we borrow that from?” “That’s easy. I can always borrow two dollars and a half.” “I think perhaps I can too. But I try not to borrow. First you borrow. Then you beg.”

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Goodbye – “Snow Falling on Cedars” – David Guterson

May 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Goodbye – “Snow Falling on Cedars” – David Guterson · American, Literature, Love

It was in her to say good-bye forever and tell him she would never see him again, to explain to him that she’d chosen to part because in his arms she felt unwhole. But she didn’t say it, that they had been too young, that they had not seen clearly, that they had allowed the […]

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