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A Little Coordinate of the Universe Permanently Charged – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Little Coordinate of the Universe Permanently Charged – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen · Prose, Writing

No mark was left on the wall there, and yet the spot remained clear and distinct forever after. It was a little coordinate of the universe permanently charged and altered by its history. It became, that spot, a quiet third presence in the room with her and Walter on the weekends they later spent alone […]

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If I was to tell you, then you wouldn’t have anything to think about – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on If I was to tell you, then you wouldn’t have anything to think about – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Politics, Quotes

About twelve years later, at a time when the problem of Willie’s personality more imperiously occupied my rare hours of speculation, I asked him, “Boss, do you remember the time we first got acquainted in the back room of Slade’s joint?” He said he did, which wasn’t remarkable, for he was like the circus elephant, […]

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Every Memory Must Do Some Violence to its Origins – “The Road” – Cormac McCarthy

March 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Every Memory Must Do Some Violence to its Origins – “The Road” – Cormac McCarthy · Love

Rich dreams now which he was loathe to wake from. Things no longer known in the world. The cold drove him forth to mend the fire. Memory of her crossing the lawn toward the house in the early morning in a thin rose gown that clung to her breasts. He thought each memory recalled must […]

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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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Birds in Flight Unburdened by Names – “The Elephant Vanishes” – Haruki Murakami

February 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Birds in Flight Unburdened by Names – “The Elephant Vanishes” – Haruki Murakami · Description, Prose, Writing

If birds in flight go unburdened by names, let my memories be free of dates.

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Memory – “The Picture of Dorian Gray” – Oscar Wilde

May 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Memory – “The Picture of Dorian Gray” – Oscar Wilde · Quotes

You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully. When your youth goes, your beauty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you, or have to content yourself with those mean triumphs that the memory of your past will make […]

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Genocide Remembered from a Careerist Perspective – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Genocide Remembered from a Careerist Perspective – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, WW2

His memory proved to be quite unreliable about what had actually happened; in a rare moment of exasperation, Judge Landau asked the accused: “What can you remember?” (if you don’t remember the discussions at the so-called Wannsee Conference, which dealt with the various methods of killing) and the answer, of course, was that Eichmann remembered […]

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On the Whole, the Memory is False – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Truman Capote

February 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off on On the Whole, the Memory is False – “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” – Truman Capote · Love

I have a memory of spending many hither and yonning days with Holly; and it’s true, we did at odd moments see a great deal of each other; but on the whole, the memory is false.

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