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Good Career Advice – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Good Career Advice – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Uncategorized

Levitt told his students they would be smart to live below their means, so they could always have the flexibility to afford taking a different job if it was lower-paying.

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Either by the splendour of genius, or the adroitness of corruption – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr 

May 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Either by the splendour of genius, or the adroitness of corruption – “My Reading Life” – Bob Carr  · Australian Labor Party, Leadership, Morality, Philosophy, Politics, Power

But (The Protagonist of Lost Illusions) is subject to what Balzac calls the ‘pitiless laws of society’. Great expression, that. And here are some of those awful laws, expressed by one of Lucien’s Paris acquaintances: “Do you know how a man makes his way in this world? Either by the splendour of genius, or the […]

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Evaporates – “The Elephant Vanishes” – Haruki Murakami

February 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Evaporates – “The Elephant Vanishes” – Haruki Murakami · Description, Prose, Writing

That is how we will lose our speech, how our dreams will turn to mist. The way our adolescence, so tedious we worried it would last forever, evaporated.

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True Philosophers – “Cannery Row” – John Steinbeck 

November 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on True Philosophers – “Cannery Row” – John Steinbeck  · Literature, Philosophy, Prose, Writing

Doc said, “Look at them. There are your true philosophers. I think,” he went on, “that Mack and the boys know everything that has ever happened in the world and possibly everything that will happen. I think they survive in this particular world better than other people. In a time when people tear themselves to […]

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Matters of Interest but no Importance – “Cannery Row” – John Steinbeck

November 18th, 2011 · Comments Off on Matters of Interest but no Importance – “Cannery Row” – John Steinbeck · Literature, Philosophy, Quotes

Through the windows he could see Mack and the boys sitting on the pipes in the vacant lot, dangling their feet in the mallow weeds and taking the sun while they discoursed slowly and philosophically of matters of interest but of no importance.

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A Hanging – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on A Hanging – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Capital Punishment, Colonialism, Crime, Humanism, Philosophy

It was about forty yards to the gallows. I watched the bare brown back of the prisoner marching in front of me. He walked clumsily with his bound arms, but quite steadily, with that bobbing gait of the Indian who never straightens his knees. At each step his muscles slid neatly into place, the lock […]

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Living Life All the Way “The Sun Also Rises” – Ernest Hemingway

September 7th, 2011 · Comments Off on Living Life All the Way “The Sun Also Rises” – Ernest Hemingway · Quotes

Nobody ever lives their life all the way up except bull-fighters.

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Ding a Ling – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami

July 27th, 2011 · Comments Off on Ding a Ling – “After the quake: stories” – Haruki Murakami · Fiction, Short Stories

“You know what I think,” Shimao said. “You need to lighten up and learn to enjoy life a little more. I mean, think about it: tomorrow there could be an earthquake; you could be kidnapped by aliens; you could be eaten by a bear. Nobody knows what’s going to happen.” “Nobody knows what’s going to […]

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Now We Do Know – “On The Beach” – Nevil Shute 

April 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Now We Do Know – “On The Beach” – Nevil Shute  · Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

“You know,” he said, “now that I’ve got used to the idea, I think I’d rather have it this way. We’ve all got to die one day, some sooner and some later. The trouble always has been that you’re never ready, because you don’t know when it’s coming. Well, now we do know, and there’s […]

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