April 4, 2014
Does diagramming it make it clearer for you?

Yeah, that’s what I thought you’d say.

Does diagramming it make it clearer for you?

Yeah, that’s what I thought you’d say.

March 10, 2014
The Pequod and the Rachel
It was the Pequod that pursued Moby-Dick,but in the end Melville wanted usto remember that it was the Rachel,searching again for her own missing children,who came upon Ishmael - yet another orphan.

The Pequod and the Rachel

It was the Pequod that pursued Moby-Dick,
but in the end Melville wanted us
to remember that it was the Rachel,
searching again for her own missing children,
who came upon Ishmael - yet another orphan.

October 9, 2013
Author versus English teacher

Author versus English teacher

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Filed under: humor literature 
September 14, 2013
With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we’ve journeyed to since.
Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?
On Sept. 17, six days and 12 years after the [9/11] atrocity, we get from Thomas Pynchon a precious freak of a novel, glinting rich and strange, like a black pearl from an oyster unfathomable by any other diver into our eternal souls. If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who?
Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed. Who else but Pynchon can indict the sins of power while giving the sinner noogies of love? Who else could invent, as the name for a Queens strip club, Joie de Beavre? Who you gonna call when a screaming comes across the sky?”
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/09/thomas_pynchon_s_bleeding_edge_reviewed.html

With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the Internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we’ve journeyed to since.

Will perpetrators be revealed, forget about brought to justice? Will Maxine have to take the handgun out of her purse? Will she and Horst get back together? Will Jerry Seinfeld make an unscheduled guest appearance? Will accounts secular and karmic be brought into balance?

On Sept. 17, six days and 12 years after the [9/11] atrocity, we get from Thomas Pynchon a precious freak of a novel, glinting rich and strange, like a black pearl from an oyster unfathomable by any other diver into our eternal souls. If not here at the end of history, when? If not Pynchon, who?

Reading Bleeding Edge, tearing up at the beauty of its sadness or the punches of its hilarity, you may realize it as the 9/11 novel you never knew you needed. Who else but Pynchon can indict the sins of power while giving the sinner noogies of love? Who else could invent, as the name for a Queens strip club, Joie de Beavre? Who you gonna call when a screaming comes across the sky?”

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/09/thomas_pynchon_s_bleeding_edge_reviewed.html

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September 12, 2013
"“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”"

— Lewis Carroll

August 29, 2013
"And I longed desperately to really live for once, to give something of myself to the world, to enter into a relationship and battle with it."

— Hermann Hesse (Demian)

(Source: iamcharliesangel)

August 20, 2013
"It is easy to see things in retrospect. But I was ignorant then of everything but my own happiness, and I don’t know what else to say except that life itself seemed very magical in those days: a web of symbol, coincidence, premonition, omen. Everything, somehow, fit together; some sly and benevolent Providence was revealing itself by degrees and I felt myself trembling on the brink of a fabulous discovery, as though any morning it was all going to come together–my future, my past, the whole of my life–and I was going to sit up in bed like a thunderbolt and say oh! oh! oh!"

from The Secret History by Donna Tartt

August 4, 2013
"I’m not brave any more darling. I’m all broken. They’ve broken me."

Ernest Hemingway (A Farewell To Arms)

(Source: iamcharliesangel)

July 29, 2013
"I can’t think of any greater happiness than to be with you all the time, without interruption, endlessly, even though I feel that here in this world there’s no undisturbed place for our love, neither in the village nor anywhere else; and I dream of a grave, deep and narrow, where we could clasp each other in our arms as with clamps, and I would hide my face in you and you would hide your face in me, and nobody would ever see us any more."

Starts out nice and then gets creepy. Good old Franz Kafka (The Castle)

(Source: iamcharliesangel)

July 22, 2013
Free eBooks: Collections

Free eBooks: Collections

Free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books

via http://www.amazon.com

With over one million titles, the Kindle Store contains the largest selection of the ebooks people want to read including New York Times® Best Sellers and most new releases from $9.99. And Amazon provides thousands of the most popular classics for free with wireless delivery in under 60 seconds to your Kindle, computer, or other mobile device.

But of course, the Internet is huge and there are lots of older, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books online. We wanted to make it easier to find these collections, which today represent nearly 2 million titles. See the sites and instructions below to download free classic and other out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books and transfer via USB to your Kindle device or read on Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac.

Note that these large collections of older free ebooks are typically created from scanned copies of physical books and can have variable quality.

Kindle Store - Thousands of Popular Classics

The Amazon Kindle Store lets you choose from thousands of the most popular classics all available for free with wireless delivery in under 60 seconds via Whispernet.

1. Visit Kindle Popular Classics.

2. Browse for a title just like a normal Kindle ebook.

Internet Archive - Over 2.5 million free titles

Internet Archive is a non-profit dedicated to offering permanent access to historical collections that exist in digital format. Provides over 2.5 million free ebooks to read, download, and enjoy.

1. Visit archive.org.

2. Search for a title or browse one of the sub-collections like American Libraries.

3. When viewing a title, click the link on the left labeled “Kindle” to download the file to your computer.

4. Attach your Kindle to your computer using your USB cable and drag the file to the “Documents” folder on your Kindle. You can also e-mail the file to your Kindle using Whispernet for wireless delivery (charges may apply).

5. Open the ebook from your Kindle’s home screen and enjoy.

Open Library - Over 1 million free titles

Open Library’s goal is to provide a page on the web for every book ever published.

1. Visit openlibrary.org.

2. Search for a title and make sure to check the ‘Only show eBooks’ checkbox.

3. When viewing a title, click the ‘Send to Kindle’ link next to the edition in which you’re interested.

4. You will be directed to Amazon.com to choose a device for wireless delivery using the Kindle Personal Document Service (charges apply).

5. Open the ebook from your Kindle’s home screen and enjoy.

Project Gutenberg - Over 30,000 free titles

Project Gutenberg, one of the original sources of free ebooks, is dedicated to the creation and distribution of eBooks.

1. Visit gutenberg.org.

2. Search for a title or browse the book shelves by topic.

3. When viewing a title, scroll down to the ‘Download this ebook for free’ section and click the download link for ‘Mobipocket’ or ‘Mobipocket with images’ format.

4. Attach your Kindle to your computer using your USB cable and drag the file to the “Documents” folder on your Kindle. You can also e-mail the file to your Kindle using Whispernet for wireless delivery (charges may apply).

5. Open the ebook from your Kindle’s home screen and enjoy.

ManyBooks.net - Over 26,000 free titles

ManyBooks.net provides free ebooks as a service to the Internet community at large.

1. Visit manybooks.net.

2. Search for a title or browse by genre.

3. When viewing a title, choose the “Kindle (.azw)” option on the right hand side and click the ‘Download’ button.

4. Attach your Kindle to your computer using your USB cable and drag the file to the “Documents” folder on your Kindle. You can also e-mail the file to your Kindle using Whispernet for wireless delivery (charges may apply).

5. Open the ebook from your Kindle’s home screen and enjoy.

July 11, 2013
"Sometimes when I’m brushing my teeth, I’ll look at the mirror and I swear my reflection seems kind of disappointed. I realized a couple of years ago that not only am I not super-skilled at anything, I’m not even particularly good at being myself."

Charles Yu, from How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel

(Source: iamcharliesangel)

July 11, 2013
"Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest."

Herman Hesse   

Hesse, an author I enjoyed reading but not an author I associate with laughter, was born July 2, 1877. This Nobel Prize-winning German novelist’s books—particularly Siddhartha and Steppenwolf— introduced me to Eastern philosophy as a teenager, as they did for many Westerners.

July 3, 2013
"I like the dark part of the night, after midnight and before four-thirty, when it’s hollow, when ceilings are harder and farther away. Then I can breathe, and can think while others are sleeping, in a way can stop time, can have it so – this has always been my dream – so that while everyone else is frozen, I can work busily about them, doing whatever it is that needs to be done, like the elves who make the shoes while children sleep."

DAVE EGGERS from A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

July 2, 2013
Hemingway: The Last Decade and the Last DayLIFE.com Hemingway in Cuba, 1952  and an interesting story behind Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photos.
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Hemingway: The Last Decade and the Last Day

LIFE.com Hemingway in Cuba, 1952 
and an interesting story behind Alfred Eisenstaedt’s photos.

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June 25, 2013
"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others."

— George Orwell, Animal Farm

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