Category Archives: Reading

My comments on whatever I am currently reading.

My Literary Introduction to a Wild Coast

When I learned my family and I would be picking up and moving to a town called Georgetown, Guyana, my first association of the place was to a book I had read recently. Papillon, the memoir of a French convict … Continue reading

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A picture is worth about 75 words

“She was bent forward, all her hair down – so long it nearly touched the ground – and she was drawing her comb through it and shaking it out. It was such a beautiful sight on this sunny morning – … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Omar Khayyám on religious fundamentalists

And do you think that unto such as you a maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew God gave the Secret, and denied it me? Well, well, what matters it! Believe that too. – from The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám I liked it so much, selections … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Ivan Karamazov on the irreconcilable suffering of the innocent

Can you understand why a little creature, who can’t even understand what’s done to her, should beat her little aching heart with her tiny fist in the dark and the cold, and weep her meek unresentful tears to dear, kind … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: La Rochefoucauld on Facebook

We concern ourselves less with becoming happy than making others believe we are. – La Rochefoucauld, from the Maximes Or – in other words – from the recent piece in The Atlantic that asks if Facebook is making us lonely: “It’s a … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Walt Whitman on love and swagger

I do not thank you for liking me as I am, and liking the touch of me….I know that it is good for you to do so. – Walt Whitman, from “A Song for Occupations.” My god!, this Whitman poetry … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day: Lawrence Krauss on the universe

The universe is huge and old, and rare things happen all the time – including life. – Lawrence Krauss from a lecture on cosmology that, if you have an hour, may blow your mind. — Addendum – Hannah Montana and … Continue reading

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