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yesterday at 23:30. Facebook
"He had become so completely absorbed in himself, and isolated from his fellows that he dreaded meeting, not only his landlady, but any one at all. He was crushed by poverty, but the anxieties of his position had of late ceased to weigh upon him. He had given up attending to matters of practical."
―from CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in...
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yesterday at 16:12. Facebook
“confessions of a glutton” by Don Marquis

after i ate my dinner then i ate
part of a shoe
i found some archies by a bathroom pipe
and ate them too
i ate some glue
i ate a bone that had got nice and ripe
six weeks buried in the ground
i ate a little mousie that i found
i ate some sawdust from the cellar floor
it tasted sweet
i ate some outcast meat
and some roach paste by the pantry door
and...
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yesterday at 11:30. Facebook
"Strict Muslims hold that the Koran is untranslatable, and for this reason Pickthall called his work 'The Meaning of the Glorious Koran: an Explanatory Translation'. in worship the Koran was recited in Arabic, even by those who did not understand the language, but in time unofficial translations appeared for the sake of such Muslims."
--from the Introduction by William Montgomery Watt to THE...
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01/22/2017 at 23:24. Facebook
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
―from LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott’s beloved tale about Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy is presented in a beautiful Everyman’s Library Children’s Classics edition. The story of the four sisters’ dreams, quarrels, and romances are brought to vivid life in this edition that features full cloth binding in bold,...
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01/22/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
"Being Her Friend" By John Masefield

Being her friend, I do not care, not I,
How gods or men may wrong me, beat me down;
Her word’s sufficient star to travel by,
I count her quiet praise sufficient crown.
Being her friend, I do not covet gold,
Save a royal gift to give her pleasure;
To sit with her, and have her hand to hold,
Is wealth, I think, surpassing minted treasure.
Being her friend,...
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01/22/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron was born in London, England on this day in 1788.

"There Is Pleasure In The Pathless Woods" by Lord Byron

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal...
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01/22/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
“What is the meaning of life? That was all- a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years, the great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead, there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one.”
―from TO THE LIGHTHOUSE by Virginia Woolf

Though its fame as an icon of...
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01/21/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
Eric Arthur Blair died at University College Hospital, London, England, on this day in 1950 (aged 46).

"Contrary to popular belief, the past was not more eventful than the present. If seems so it is because when you look backward things that happened years apart are telescoped together, and because very few of your memories come to you genuinely virgin. It is largely because of the books,...
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01/21/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
―from A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN by Mary Wollstonecraft

The first great manifesto of women’s rights, published in 1792 and an immediate best seller, made its author the toast of radical circles and the target of reactionary ones. Writing just after the French and American revolutions, Mary Wollstonecraft...
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01/21/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
―from BRAVE NEW WORLD (1932) by Aldous Huxley

A towering classic of dystopian satire, BRAVE NEW WORLD is a brilliant and terrifying vision of a soulless...
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01/20/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
"Epitaph on a Tyrant" by W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

Perfection, of a kind, was what he was after,
And the poetry he invented was easy to understand;
He knew human folly like the back of his hand,
And was greatly interested in armies and fleets;
When he laughed, respectable senators burst with laughter,
And when he cried the little children died in the streets.

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Poems: Auden is just another...
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01/20/2017 at 13:43. Facebook
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
―from NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR (1949) by George Orwell

NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR revealed George Orwell as one of the twentieth century’s greatest mythmakers. While the totalitarian system that provoked him into writing it has since passed into oblivion, his harrowing cautionary tale of a man trapped in a...
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01/20/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
Booker Prize-winning author Julian Patrick Barnes was born in Leicester, England on this day in 1946.

“Perhaps love is essential because it's unnecessary.”
―from A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 10 1/2 CHAPTERS by Julian Barnes

FLAUBERT’S PARROT, Julian Barnes’s breakthrough book—shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984—is the story of Geoffrey Braithwaite, a retired doctor who is obsessed with...
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01/19/2017 at 18:07. Facebook
Mary Patricia Plangman was born in Fort Worth, Texas on this day in 1921.

“Honestly, I don't understand why people get so worked up about a little murder!”
―from RIPLEY UNDER GROUND by Patricia Highsmith

Three classic crime novels by a master of the macabre appear here together in hardcover for the first time.Suave, agreeable, and completely amoral, Patricia Highsmith’s hero, the inimitable...
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01/19/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on this day in 1809.

"If you still think me mad, you will think so no longer when I describe the wise precautions I took for the concealment of the body."
—from "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843) by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe’s gift for the macabre–his genius in finding the strangeness lurking at the heart of things–was so extraordinary that he...
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01/19/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
"A Clear Midnight" by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson
done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the
themes thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death and the stars.

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A literary sanctuary for what Shakespeare called “sessions of sweet silent thought,” this...
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01/18/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
On this day in 1936 Rudyard Kipling died at the age of seventy-one.

"Fiction is Truth's elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till some one had told a story."
―from "Fiction" a speech to the Royal Society of Literature (1926)

As a young writer living in Lahore during the time of the British Raj, Rudyard Kipling (1865­–1936) was possessed by an enormous...
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01/18/2017 at 13:30. Facebook
Samuel Johnson’s A JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND was published on this day in 1775.

“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own, and if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”
―from A JOURNEY TO THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND

In 1773, the great Samuel Johnson–then 63–and his young friend and future...
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01/18/2017 at 01:30. Facebook
"I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor -- such is my idea of happiness. And...
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01/17/2017 at 18:05. Facebook
"'Love comforteth like sunshine after rain,
But Lust's effect is tempest after sun;
Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain,
Lust's winter comes ere summer half be done;
Love surfeits not, Lust like a glutton dies;
Love is all truth, Lust full of forged lies."
―from "Venus and Adonis" by William Shakespeare

Poems: Shakespeare contains selections from Shakespeare’s work, including his...
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