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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #315 on: February 14, 2017, 06:36:53 PM »

I feel like I just read the most perfect chapter ("1926: Adieu") ever in my current book, "A Gentleman in Moscow". I've never thought about a chapter being perfect before. But, it was just so very lovely. I immediately want to read it aloud to everyone I meet. It was breathtaking, which was sort of dangerous because I was on a treadmill in public when I read it.
from what book?
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #316 on: February 15, 2017, 08:20:51 AM »

"A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles.
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #317 on: February 20, 2017, 07:29:46 PM »

i think monks are able to self immolate because they are able to accept pain as they would pleasure. 

i'm reading alan watts, the wisdom of insecurity right now.  and this is sort of what he says, to me, when he says (and i paraphrase) that when we are in pain we only can think about how we will feel when we get out of this pain and that is where the pain we feel derives from.  but if we accept that we are in pain and wishing it away won't work then we are able to focus on now just as we would when we experience joy.  we don't think about what it would be like not to know joy because we are captured in the moment of now.  apparently this makes pain tolerable.  i'm sure i hacked that up. 

 
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #318 on: August 18, 2017, 10:14:00 AM »

once i loved a maiden shining
(mine so long ago)
round her forehead fair locks twining
sweet her voice and low

warm her eyes, so brightly gleaming
(tender were her vows)
as the radiant sun were beaming
underneath her brows

in her cheeks the red blood beckoned
(red blood in the snow)
naught of doom in love i reckoned
doom fell long ago

in the earth they laid my dearest
(in the earth laid low)
all my life is labor drearest
lonely now i go

some of the poetry sprinkled in independent people by haldor laxness.  the most preeminent icelander of all time 
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #319 on: September 13, 2017, 03:03:55 PM »

I'm about a third of the way through Amy Tan's The Valley of Amazement, and I don't know if I can finish it. It's just soul-crushingly depressing. Had I realized it was about child prostitution -- in detail, lots of detail -- I probably wouldn't have started it in the first place. I have a hard time not finishing books, but this one may break me.
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #320 on: September 13, 2017, 03:56:02 PM »

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I put the team on my back, doe.  Fuck it.  Cain't STAAHP me. Cross da planeeee, touchdown.  Einar Mar Gudmundsson.






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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #321 on: November 14, 2017, 09:11:38 PM »

i just caught that zafer.  worthwhile? 
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #322 on: November 14, 2017, 09:33:06 PM »

Quote from: daytime drinking link=topic=104760.msg518843#msg518843
some of the poetry sprinkled in independent people by haldor laxness.  the most preeminent icelander of all time 

Incorrect.

The correct answer is Magnus Ver Magnusson.
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #323 on: November 15, 2017, 10:33:04 AM »

was he a strongman? 
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #324 on: November 15, 2017, 11:40:34 AM »

More like the strongest man.
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Re: Random Book Musings
« Reply #325 on: November 15, 2017, 03:32:12 PM »

More like the strongest man.

in a country known for it's literary prowess, it was probably him who said, and i paraphrase, when asked why he wanted to be a strong man he only had to harken back to the age of the sagas to answer that question
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