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Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Subject:Bilingual
Posted by:spongeboob.
Time:12:43 pm.
Mood: amused.
"In order to translate, one must know a lot of things, most of them independent of mere grammatical competence."
- Umberto Eco in "Mouse or Rat?"
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Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Subject:Kurt Vonnegut
Posted by:spongeboob.
Time:11:52 pm.
Mood: sad.
Kurt Vonnegut died today at age 84.

"My father, like Hemingway, was a gun nut and was very unhappy late in life. But he was proud of not committing suicide. And I'll do the same, so as not to set a bad example for my children."
- Kurt Vonnergut




Does anyone else have their favorite quotes of his, that they would like to share or remember him by?
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Friday, March 24th, 2006

Posted by:_kols.
Time:8:57 am.
around and around and around we spin,
with feet of lead and wings of tin...


-cat's cradle
kurt vonnegut
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Sunday, February 12th, 2006

Subject:Emerson
Posted by:melos_kitten.
Time:9:23 pm.
Mood: cynical.
"Immitaion is suicide."
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Subject:L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz
Posted by:slartucker.
Time:7:17 am.
“…It seems to me they must be more cowardly than you are if they allow you to scare them so easily.”

“They really are,” said the Lion; “but that doesn’t make me any braver, and as long as I know myself to be a coward I shall be unhappy.”
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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Subject:Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird page 102
Posted by:schmendrick.
Time:9:39 pm.
"To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass--seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colo-rectal theology, offering hope to no one."
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Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Subject:*guilt for having been slack*
Posted by:porridge_snood.
Time:4:09 pm.
Cmon chaps, lets resurrect this comm! Here's my contribution (I know it's not very highbrow, but what can I say, I like Hunter S)



"The Great Debate turned out to be a false alarm, more or less. It meant nothing, it solved nothing, it decided nothing, it addessed nothing, and it was nothing...A clean sweep, except for a frantic ripple effect that petered out before noon the next day, when the Ronald Reagan Show hit the United Nations and the tabloids hit the supermarkets with a front-page headline that said:

FOUND ON MARS - A STATUE OF ELVIS

When I saw it I went limp with a shock of recognition. It was one of those sudden fiery instants that Herman Melville had in mind when he said, "Genuis all over the world stands hand in hand, and one shock of recognition runs the whole circle round."
True headline junkies are a rare breed, almost extinct, and our art is a very fragile thing. Dying, in fact - a dying art, arcane to the point of perversion, with only a few practitioners.
But I like to think that I am one of them, and when I saw that ELVIS/MARS head, I felt a high flash in my spine.
The headline was so good that it made the story redundant...It was a masterpiece of the headline-writing art: it told the whole story in six words so sharp and loaded that the article itself became redundant, except to mystics and libel lawyers.
Nobody else cared. Only those of us in the headline trade, but we rarely talk to each other and we know that our art means nothing."



-Hunter S Thompson. 'Dukakis Uber Alles' (Songs of the Doomed - More Notes on the Death of the American Dream)
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Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Subject:Elbert Hubbard
Posted by:ilana_frombklyn.
Time:5:09 pm.
Is this community dead and gone? Should I leave it? Or will people promise to be good and update it? just wondering.

I'll leave you with a quote.

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”
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Sunday, August 7th, 2005

Subject:Rainer Maria Rilke
Posted by:roots_and_wings.
Time:10:10 pm.
Every angel is terrifying.
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Friday, August 5th, 2005

Subject:Charles Simic, untitled from The World Doesn't End
Posted by:roots_and_wings.
Time:11:11 pm.
I imagine cities so I can get lost in them.
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Monday, July 25th, 2005

Subject:two on mirrors
Posted by:roots_and_wings.
Time:11:04 pm.
The stone is a mirror which works poorly. Nothing in it but dimness. Your dimness or its dimness, who's to say? In the hush your heart sounds like a black cricket.
-Charles Simic, a poem from The World Doesn't End



A mirror dreams only of another mirror,
Silence watches over silence...
-Anna Akhmatova
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Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Subject:John Gardner, Grendel
Posted by:_kols.
Time:11:13 pm.
"I understood that the world was nothing: a mechanical chaos of casual, brue enmity on which we stupidly impose our hopes and fears. I understood that, finally and absolutely, I alone exist. All the rest, I saw, is merely what pushes me, or what I push against, blindly-- as blindly as all that is not myself pushes back. I create the whole universe, blink by blink."
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Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Subject:Fyodor Dostoevsky - "White Nights"
Posted by:punchdrunkfool.
Time:10:38 pm.
"I remember that even then my dreams were sad, and although things were no better back then, there's still the feeling that living was somehow easier and more restful, that there wasn't this black thought which clings to me now; there were none of these pangs of conscience, bleak and gloom-laden which give me no peace by day or night. You ask yourself: where are your dreams now? And you shake your head and ask say how swiftly the years fly by! And you ask yourself again: what have you done with the best years, then? Where have you buried the best days of your life? Have you lived or not? Look, you tell yourself, look how cold the world is becoming. The years will pass and after them will come grim loneliness, and old age, quaking on its stick, and after them misery and despair. Your fantasy world will grow pale, your dreams will fade and die, falling away like the yellow leaves from the trees...Ah, Nastenka! Will it not be miserable to be left alone, utterly alone, and have nothing even to regret - nothing, not a single thing...because everything I have lost was nothing, stupid, a round zero, all dreaming and no more!"
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Thursday, May 26th, 2005

Subject:Nikkos Kazantzakis
Posted by:roots_and_wings.
Time:9:39 pm.
What a strange machine man is. You fill him with bread, wine, fish, and radishes, and out come sighs, laughter, and dreams.
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Friday, May 13th, 2005

Subject:from "Luggage" - Naomi Shihab Nye
Posted by:roots_and_wings.
Time:12:55 pm.
how this world has everything and offers it
how it is good we only have two hands
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Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Subject:new
Posted by:schwanensee.
Time:1:34 am.
Mood: tired.
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."

- Oscar Wilde
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Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Subject:aldous huxley; brave new world
Posted by:_kols.
Time:9:24 am.
He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather wisk, he had brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk -- and where was Odysseus, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? Whisk -- and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome, Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom -- all were gone. Whisk -- the place where Italy had been was empty. Whisk, the cathedrals; whisk, whisk, King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal. Whisk, Passion; whisk, Requiem; whisk, Symphony; whisk...
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Posted by:spongeboob.
Time:3:45 am.
Mood: amused.
"For God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may show his mercy to all."
New Testament, Romans, Chapter 11, Verse 32
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Saturday, April 23rd, 2005

Subject:Chuck Palahniuk - Fight Club
Posted by:mollis.
Time:2:14 pm.
It's only after you've lost everything that you are free to do anything
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Things you own end up owning you
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Sticking feathers up your butt doesn't make you a chicken
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I'd rather kill you than see you working a shit job for just enough money to buy chese and watch television
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You have to be able to answer this question: if you died right now how would you feel about your life?
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Advertising has these people chasing cars and clothes they don't need. Generations have been working in jobs they hate, just so that they can buy what they don't really need
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Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Subject:two from "Requieum for a Friend" - Rainer Maria Rilke
Posted by:roots_and_wings.
Time:5:42 pm.
I want to notice how they wear
the landscape there.

...

For this is guilt, if anything is guilt:
not to enlarge the freedom of a love
with all the freedom we would wish ourselves.
We need, where we love, just this:
to let each other go; for holding on
is something we do naturally, it takes no practice.
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