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yesterday at 18:18. Facebook
"The Smile" by William Blake

There is a Smile of Love
And there is a Smile of Deceit
And there is a Smile of Smiles
In which these two Smiles meet

And there is a Frown of Hate
And there is a Frown of disdain
And there is a Frown of Frowns
Which you strive to forget in vain

For it sticks in the Hearts deep Core
And it sticks in the deep Back bone
And no Smile that ever was smild
But...
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yesterday at 13:30. Facebook
“Seeing how sorrow eats you, defeats you.
I'd rather write about laughing than crying,
For laughter makes men human, and courageous.”
―from GARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUEL by François Rabelais

The unfettered exuberance of Gargantua and Pantagruel, the storms of phenomenal life it offers for our inspection, the honor it gives to the deformed, the cloacal, and the profane aspects of existence are at...
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yesterday at 01:30. Facebook
"The Woman In The Rye" by Thomas Hardy

'Why do you stand in the dripping rye,
Cold-lipped, unconscious, wet to the knee,
When there are firesides near?' said I.
'I told him I wished him dead,' said she.

'Yea, cried it in my haste to one
Whom I had loved, whom I well loved still;
And die he did. And I hate the sun,
And stand here lonely, aching, chill;

'Stand waiting, waiting under...
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02/18/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
Mark Twain published his novel THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN in the U.S. on this day in 1885.

"Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.
BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR."
―from THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

Along with Blake and Dickens, Mark Twain...
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02/18/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
Toni Morrison was born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, on this day in 1931.

“If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”
―from THE SONG OF SOLOMON

In this celebrated novel, Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison created a new way of rendering the contradictory nuances of black life in America. Its earthy poetic language and striking use of folklore and myth established...
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02/18/2017 at 01:32. Facebook
I took down my portfolio, to select a drawing to copy in oil. He had never seen my works before, and appeared astonished as his eyes ranged over the sheets. He expressed the warmest admiration, and said, "How hopeless must be the task of my giving any instruction to one who can draw like this?" I pointed out to him that nature is the great study for the artist, and assured him that the reason...
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02/17/2017 at 18:17. Facebook
"Sonnet Reversed" by Rupert Brooke

Hand trembling towards hand; the amazing lights
Of heart and eye. They stood on supreme heights.

Ah, the delirious weeks of honeymoon!
Soon they returned, and, after strange adventures,
Settled at Balham by the end of June.
Their money was in Can. Pacs. B. Debentures,
And in Antofagastas. Still he went
Cityward daily; still she did abide
At home....
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02/17/2017 at 13:52. Facebook
Yesterday, Philip Pullman Announced A Follow-Up Trilogy To HIS DARK MATERIALS, coming later this year...

"How can I just go and sit in the library or somewhere and twiddle my thumbs, knowing what's going to happen? I don't intend to do that, I promise you."
―from Lyra from THE GOLDEN COMPASS (1995)

The only hardcover omnibus of the best-selling and award-winning fantasy trilogy, in a...
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02/17/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
"Listening to the Reed Flute" by Attar of Nishapur

There’s a blind man on the road saying,
Allah, Allah. Sheikh Nuri runs to him,
‘What do you know of Allah? And if you know,
why do you stay alive?’ The sheikh keeps on,
beside himself with ecstatic questions.
Then he runs into a low place, where
a reedbed has recently been cut down.

He falls and gets up, falls again,
floundering on the sharp...
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02/16/2017 at 21:09. Facebook
Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi on this day in 1944. He won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for his novel INDEPENDENCE DAY.

“All this is a natural part of the aging process, in which you find yourself with less to do and more opportunities to eat your guts out regretting everything you have done.”
―from INDEPENDENCE DAY

A trilogy of brilliant novels—THE SPORTSWRITER, INDEPENDENCE DAY,...
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02/16/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
One of The Washington Post Best Books of 2013...

“Nobody is unselfish. Nobody ever was. But [the Hungarian nobility has] learnt to recognize what is for the public good and to fit it to their own advantage, too. This instinct has been bred into us. . . . It’s not by chance that until now almost every great national leader has sprung from this rank of society, for leaders must know how to...
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02/16/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
"Nobody ever saw a dog make a fair and deliberate exchange of one bone for another with another dog."
―from THE WEALTH OF THE NATIONS by Adam Smith

Published in 1776, in the same year as the Declaration of Independence, The Wealth of Nations has had an equally great impact on the course of modern history. Adam Smith’s celebrated defense of free market economies was written with such...
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02/15/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
"The Spider as an Artist" (1275) by Emily Dickinson

The Spider as an Artist
Has never been employed—
Though his surpassing Merit
Is freely certified

By every Broom and Bridget
Throughout a Christian Land—
Neglected Son of Genius
I take thee by the Hand—

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Poems: Dickinson contains poems from The Poet’s Art, The Works of Love, and Death and Resurrection, as well as an index of first lines....
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02/15/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
“Why not leave their private sorrows to people? Is sorrow not, one asks, the only thing in the world people really possess?”
―from PNIN by Vladimir Nabokov

One of the best-loved of Nabokov’s novels, Pnin features his funniest and most heart-rending character. Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin...
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02/15/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
"'Well!' he said. "Well. How does it feel to be an old married lady?' 'Oh, it's too soon to ask me that,' she said. 'At least—I mean. Well, I mean, goodness, we've only been married about three hours, haven't we?'"
--from "Here We Are" by Dorothy Parker

Here are nineteen stories from a rich array of writers, and here is every kind of romantic entanglement: from the raw, erotic passion of D....
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02/14/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
Henry VIII's letter to Anne Boleyn...

TO MY MISTRESS.

Because the time seems very long since I heard concerning your health and you, the great affection I have for you has induced me to send you this bearer, to be better informed of your health and pleasure, and because, since my parting from you, I have been told that the opinion in which I left you is totally changed, and that you would...
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02/14/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
"In Former Days" by Bhartṛhari

In former days we'd both agree
That you were me, and I was you.
What has now happened to us two,
That you are you, and I am me?

(Translated from the Sanskrit by John Brough)

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It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which...
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02/14/2017 at 01:33. Facebook
Georges Joseph Christian Simenon was born in Liège, Belgium on this day in 1903.

"Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness."
--George Simenon, creator of the fictional detective Jules Maigret, and author of "In the Rue Pigalle" (1936) included in PARIS STORIES

PARIS STORIES gathers classic stories about the City of Light by a wide range of writers across four centuries....
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02/13/2017 at 18:06. Facebook
Oscar Wilde’s "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" was published on this day in 1898, nine months after the author’s release from prison, The first edition identifying the author only by his prison number: "C.3.3."

"We saw the greasy hempen rope
Hooked to the blackened beam,
And heard the prayer the hangman's snare
Strangled into a scream.
And all the woe that moved him so
That he gave that...
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02/13/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union on this day in 1974, and charged with treason the next day.

"A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste."
―from ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH (1962)

One of the most chilling novels about the oppression of totalitarian regimes and the first to open Western eyes to the terrors of Stalin’s prison...
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