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    Top Books First Read in 2020

    Have at it, boys (and girls, if any).
    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Non-Fiction:
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Cinema, Censorship, and the State: The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978 (Oshima Nagisa, 1992)
    • The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast (Maureen Turim, 1998)
    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Fiction:

    Look at the Harlequins!, Vladimir Nabokov
    House of Leaves, Mark Danielewski
    Stoner, John Williams
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    First Read in 2020 -ranked

    Novels:
    Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men
    Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown
    Yōko Tawada’s The Emissary
    Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights
    Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay
    Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels
    Maureen Johnson’s The Hand on the Wall

    Poetry
    Tomas Tranströmer’s The Great Enigma
    Brenda Shaughnessy’s The Octopus Museum
    Jake Skeets’s Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers
    Monica Sok’s A Nail the Evening Hangs On
    W.S. Merwin’s Shadow of Sirius
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    1. Once Upon a Celluloid Planet: Where Cinema Ruled (Sonthaya Subyen & Morimart Raden-Ahmad)
    2. No Longer Human (Osamu Dazai)
    3. Kien Bod Nung, Sud Kon Doo Hai Yuu Mud (Screenwriting) (Thida Plitpholkarnpim)
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    After the dread realization of how woefully under-read I am, I'm trying to catch up on some of the great American masters of letters.

    Read so far:
    1. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) <- one of the most amazing things I have ever read, holy cow.
    2. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    3. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Hemingway)

    Currently Reading:
    All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)

    In the hopper:
    • The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
    • Kindred (Octavia Butler)
    • There There (Tommy Orange)
    • Main Street (Sinclair Lewis)
    • A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
    • The House of Spirits (Isabel Allende)
    When I walk across the living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me 10 seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds! -- Jean-Claude Van Damme

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    Non-Fiction:
    • Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (Seymour Chatman, 1978)
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Cinema, Censorship, and the State: The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978 (Oshima Nagisa, 1992)
    • The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast (Maureen Turim, 1998)
    • Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film After World War I (Kristin Thompson, 2005)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)
    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Novels:
    • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847-48)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (Seymour Chatman, 1978)
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, 1985)
    • Cinema, Censorship, and the State: The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978 (Oshima Nagisa, 1992)
    • The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast (Maureen Turim, 1998)
    • The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (Eric Cazdyn, 2002)
    • Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film After World War I (Kristin Thompson, 2005)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)
    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Updated, and ranked with personal quality listed first in each:

    Fiction:
    Ann Petry’s The Street
    Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men
    Charles Yu’s Interior Chinatown
    Ronyoung Kim’s Clay Walls
    Yōko Tawada’s The Emissary
    Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights
    H. T. Tsiang’s The Hanging on Union Square
    Nora Okja Keller’s Comfort Woman
    Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay
    Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels
    Maureen Johnson’s The Hand on the Wall
    Bienvenido N. Santos’s Scent of Apples
    Abraham Cahan’s Yekl and the Imported Bridegroom and Other Stories of the New York Ghetto
    Omar El Akkad’s American War
    Edith Wharton’s The Reef

    Poetry:
    Tomas Tranströmer’s The Great Enigma
    Victoria Chang's Obit
    Natalie Diaz’s Postcolonial Love Poem
    Brenda Shaughnessy’s The Octopus Museum
    Jake Skeets’s Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers
    Diane Seuss’s Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl
    Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War
    Monica Sok’s A Nail the Evening Hangs On
    W.S. Merwin’s Shadow of Sirius

    Nonfiction:
    Elie Wiesel’s Night
    Daniel Immerwahr’s How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
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    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    Novels:
    • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847-48)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (Seymour Chatman, 1978)
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism—Revised Edition (Benedict Anderson, 1983-2006)
    • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, 1985)
    • Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (David Desser, 1988)
    • Cinema, Censorship, and the State: The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978 (Oshima Nagisa, 1992)
    • The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast (Maureen Turim, 1998)
    • The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (Eric Cazdyn, 2002)
    • Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film After World War I (Kristin Thompson, 2005)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)

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    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    1. Inherent Vice (Thomas Pynchon)
    2. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    3. The Bone Collector (Jeffery Deaver)

    3. Once Upon a Celluloid Planet: Where Cinema Ruled (Sonthaya Subyen & Morimart Raden-Ahmad)
    4. No Longer Human (Osamu Dazai)
    5. Kien Bod Nung, Sud Kon Doo Hai Yuu Mud (Screenwriting) (Thida Plitpholkarnpim)

    Even though the Hemingway is #2, I'm still ambivalent about it; I'm encouraged though that in circles I frequent it's considered the least Hemingway among his four most famous novels. For anyone else here, is that the case?
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    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Novels:
    • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847-48)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism—Revised Edition (Benedict Anderson, 1983-2006)
    • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, 1985)
    • Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema (David Desser, 1988)
    • Cinema, Censorship, and the State: The Writings of Nagisa Oshima, 1956-1978 (Oshima Nagisa, 1992)
    • Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Arjun Appardurai, 1996)
    • The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast (Maureen Turim, 1998)
    • The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (Eric Cazdyn, 2002)
    • The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years' War, 1931-1945 (Peter B. High, 2003)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)

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    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Novels:
    • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847-48)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism—Revised Edition (Benedict Anderson, 1983-2006)
    • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, 1985)
    • Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Arjun Appardurai, 1996)
    • Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies (edited by David Bordwell and Noël Carroll, 1996)
    • History's Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life (Harry Harootunian, 2000)
    • The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (Eric Cazdyn, 2002)
    • The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years' War, 1931-1945 (Peter B. High, 2003)
    • Forest of Pressure: Ogawa Shinsuke and the Postwar Japanese Documentary (Abé Mark Nornes, 2007)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)

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    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    1. Inherent Vice (Thomas Pynchon)
    2. Confessions (Kanae Minato)
    3. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    4. Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window (Tetsuko Kuroyanagi)
    5. Bleeding Edge (Thomas Pynchon)
    6. The Bone Collector (Jeffery Deaver)
    7. Once Upon a Celluloid Planet: Where Cinema Ruled (Sonthaya Subyen & Morimart Raden-Ahmad)
    8. No Longer Human (Osamu Dazai)
    9. Kien Bod Nung, Sud Kon Doo Hai Yuu Mud - Film Screenwriting (Thida Plitpholkarnpim)
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Read so far:
    1. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) <- one of the most amazing things I have ever read, holy cow.
    2. All The Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
    3. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    4. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Hemingway)

    Currently Reading:
    • How to be an Anti-Racist (Dr Ibram Xolani Kendi)
    • Kindred (Octavia Butler)

    In the hopper:
    • The Call of the Wild (Jack London)
    • There There (Tommy Orange)
    • Main Street (Sinclair Lewis)
    • A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
    • The House of Spirits (Isabel Allende)
    • The Crossing (Cormac McCarthy)



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    When I walk across the living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me 10 seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds! -- Jean-Claude Van Damme

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    The libraries are still closed, so I'm going through some books in the public domain.

    1. The Count of Monte Cristo (1844, Alexandre Dumas)
    2. The Known World (2003, Edward P. Jones)
    3. Jane Eyre (1847, Charlotte Brontë)
    4. We Were the Mulvaneys (1996, Joyce Carol Oates)
    5. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1886, Thomas Hardy)
    6. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870, Jules Verne)
    7. Old School (2003, Tobias Wolff)
    8. The Flying Classroom (1933, Erich Kästner)
    9. The Athenaeum (1888, Raul Pompéia)
    10. Boy's Life (1991, Robert R. McCammon)
    11. Such Fine Boys (1982, Patrick Modiano)
    12. Stardance (1979, Jeanne & Spider Robinson)
    13. Looking Backward: 2000-1887 (1888, Edward Bellamy)

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    Novels:
    • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847-48)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Film as Film: Understanding and Judging Movies (V.F. Perkins, 1972)
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism—Revised Edition (Benedict Anderson, 1983-2006)
    • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, 1985)
    • Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Arjun Appardurai, 1996)
    • Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies (edited by David Bordwell and Noël Carroll, 1996)
    • History's Disquiet: Modernity, Cultural Practice, and the Question of Everyday Life (Harry Harootunian, 2000)
    • The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (Eric Cazdyn, 2002)
    • The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years' War, 1931-1945 (Peter B. High, 2003)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)

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    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Novels:
    • Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero (William Makepeace Thackeray, 1847-48)
    • The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins, 1859-60)


    Non-Fiction:
    • Film as Film: Understanding and Judging Movies (V.F. Perkins, 1972)
    • Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction (Meir Sternberg, 1978)
    • Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism—Revised Edition (Benedict Anderson, 1983-2006)
    • Narration in Light: Studies in Cinematic Point of View (George M. Wilson, 1986)
    • The Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960 (David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristin Thompson, 1985)
    • Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Arjun Appardurai, 1996)
    • Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies (edited by David Bordwell and Noël Carroll, 1996)
    • The Flash of Capital: Film and Geopolitics in Japan (Eric Cazdyn, 2002)
    • The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years' War, 1931-1945 (Peter B. High, 2003)
    • Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (Aaron Gerow, 2010)

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    Just because...
    The Lighthouse (Mariya Saakyan, 2006) warm
    7th Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927) warm
    Deux jours, une nuit (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, 2014) warm

    The last book I read was...
    The Iliad by Homer


    The (New) World

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    Howard Stern Comes Again

    Just Watched
    Nothing Until Black Widow

    Currently Playing | Played
    Tom Claney's Breakpoint ★★★˝

    TV Show Currently Watching | Watched
    Mandalorian (Favreau) ★★˝
    Jack Ryan (S2) ★★˝

    Currently Reading | Read
    Howard Stern Comes Again (Stern)


    Thoughts / Youtube / Film Diary

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    Uwe Boll movies > all Marvel U movies

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    1. Inherent Vice (Thomas Pynchon)
    2. Confessions (Kanae Minato)
    3. The Shining (Stephen King)
    4. The Thief of Always (Clive Barker)
    5. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    6. Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window (Tetsuko Kuroyanagi)
    7. Bleeding Edge (Thomas Pynchon)
    8. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
    9. The Bone Collector (Jeffery Deaver)
    10. Once Upon a Celluloid Planet: Where Cinema Ruled (Sonthaya Subyen & Morimart Raden-Ahmad)

    11. No Longer Human (Osamu Dazai)
    12. Kien Bod Nung, Sud Kon Doo Hai Yuu Mud - Film Screenwriting (Thida Plitpholkarnpim)
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    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Fiction

    House of Leaves (Danielewski)
    The White Road (Lotz)
    Dark Matter (Crouch)

    NonFiction

    Feeling Good (Burns)

    Currently progressing through an obscene number of books:

    The City of the Singing Flame (Clark Ashton Smith)
    Conversations With Billy Wilder (Cameron Crowe)
    The Book of Wonder (Lord Dunsany)
    Dr. Sleep (Stephen King)
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X (<--)
    The Fifth Season (NK Jemisin)
    Lovecraft Country (Matt Ruff)

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    1. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) <- one of the most amazing things I have ever read, holy cow.
    2. Kindred (Octavia Butler) <- Gripping read, a brutal window into the antebellum south. Couldn't put it down.
    3. All The Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
    4. How to be an Anti-Racist (Dr Ibram X. Kendi)
    5. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    6. I'm Still Here (Austin Channing Brown)
    7. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Hemingway)

    Currently Reading:
    • The Call of the Wild (Jack London)


    In the hopper:
    • There There (Tommy Orange)
    • Main Street (Sinclair Lewis)
    • A Good Man is Hard to Find (Flannery O'Connor)
    • The House of Spirits (Isabel Allende)
    • The Crossing (Cormac McCarthy)
    When I walk across the living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me 10 seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds! -- Jean-Claude Van Damme

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    Quote Quoting bac0n (view post)
    1. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) <- one of the most amazing things I have ever read, holy cow.
    2. Kindred (Octavia Butler) <- Gripping read, a brutal window into the antebellum south. Couldn't put it down.
    3. All The Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy)
    4. How to be an Anti-Racist (Dr Ibram X. Kendi)
    5. The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
    6. I'm Still Here (Austin Channing Brown)
    7. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Hemingway)
    This is an exciting list and totally my jam and all else I can say is: If you haven't read "East of Eden" yet, move that to the top of the hopper.

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    Quote Quoting Irish (view post)
    This is an exciting list and totally my jam and all else I can say is: If you haven't read "East of Eden" yet, move that to the top of the hopper.
    Oh yeah, that's definitely on the list. Need a few lighter novels first tho.
    When I walk across the living room from my chimney to my window, it takes me 10 seconds, but for a bird it takes one second, and for oxygen zero seconds! -- Jean-Claude Van Damme

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