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Old 01-27-2017   #551
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RIP Harry Mathews

Harry Mathews, 1930–2017

I recommend any of his books.
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The Complete Works of St Teresa of Avila: Volume I (translated by E. Allison Peers)
So great a work of honesty, humility, love, and ambition for Heavenly Love such that it inspires religious feelings within me. I now understand those who are obsessed with Saints. Their words, expressions, tears and willingness to burn the world in the consuming fire of love for God is unimaginable, yet especially appealing to me. Though all is permitted, no one today has the boldness to proclaim Jesus "saying to me: "Behold this nail. It is a sign that from today onward thou shall be My bride." Modern Mother Teresa cannot hold a candlelight against Teresa of Avila.

"So in the end it remains advisable to accept whatever comes, to behave like an inert mass even if one feels oneself being swept away, not to be lured into a single unneccesary step, to regard others with the gaze of an animal, to feel no remorse, in short to crush with one's own hand any ghost of life that subsists, that is, to intensify the final quiet of the grave still further and let nothing beyond that endure." ---Franz Kafka, Resolutions
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So great a work
resilience is too often underrated, "patience gains all things".















"suckers for posterity" aren't we all
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Notebook written by Cioran during a visit to Spain in 1966. As far as I can tell, this English translation is available as an ebook download only.



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Notebook written by Cioran during a visit to Spain in 1966. As far as I can tell, this English translation is available as an ebook download only.

https://www.amazon.com/Notebook-Tala...6103927&sr=1-1
Some thoughts from this work I found worthy of pondering:

- By the moon, I suddenly realized how much I was tied to this beautiful and damned universe.
- The car, the airplane and the transistor: with the arrival of this trinity came the disappearance of the last vestiges of the earthly paradise. Every man who touches a motor shows that he is a reprobate.
- I have in common with the Devil, a negative mood, eternal foundation of anxiety. Like him, I am bilious by divine decree .
- Being as I am, longing all year for a vacation, when the actual vacation comes, it comes with more reality of the void, still done in, in that I live: Now a vacuum in the second degree, a void of which one is aware at all times, the official emptiness of my existence.
- Ive spent all day in bed. Having the old obsessions, the feeling that nothing is possible for me. Wherever I go, my evils accompany me. That is the capital gift of my existence.
- The ravages of civilization are so obvious that Im ashamed to continue pointing them out.
- I cannot concentrate on anything, everything bores me, everything invites me to dispersion. In return, I am interested in many things but to no particular end, except perhaps boredom. Im a freak dissipated, who has squandered and sprayed his obsessions. It could be a great curiosity, this incurable temperament.
- Nothing worth researching but the investigation of oneself above all. What do we care about others! Our problems cannot be resolved by the problems of others, only we can solve those reserved for us. Moreover, there is nothing down here already decided that anybody can try to know other than where you are in relation to yourself.
- If we could experience a secret voluptuousness of nothingness, whenever summoned, that no case for us is done, or complete, we would have the key to happiness.
- Napoleon, who fought sixty battles, said that in the past, he had not learned anything not already known from the first, on the art of war.
- In two days I will be in Paris, back to sorting, profiling and re-segregating my anguish...
- I have always distrusted those who resemble me. Traits like ingenuity, force, sentimental crap [nonsense], kindness; I detest feverishness, duplicity, versatility, etc.,defects, all of them!I understand from within.
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I am reading and very much enjoying E.F. Schumacher's A Guide for the Perplexed. I can't think it would be everyone's cup of tea, but I am significantly more than half in sympathy with it.

He seems to have been an interesting person. When I hear that someone was Chief Economic Advisor to the British Coal Board for twenty years, I don't immediately imagine that they would write a book that leans heavily on Scholastic philosophy, quoting Aquinas, Plotinus, Dante, Viktor Frankl, and many others, and talking about the likes of Edgar Cayce and Emanuel Swedenborg.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._F._Schumacher

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I'm currently dipping into Scarred for Life, a fat and hugely enjoyable survey of the darker side of popular culture in the UK in the 1970s. For anyone who was a kid (or in their teens as I was) during that period this will ring a lot of bells. Obviously many of the items (especially the TV series and films) have been written about before but there is some obscure stuff (especially in the comics, games and, er, snacks sections) and it's a treat to have it all in one handy, enthusiastic and fact-packed volume.
Scarred For Life Volume One by Stephen Brotherstone Dave Lawrence (Paperback) - Lulu
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This could be fun ...

Ccru Writings 1997–2003 - Urbanomic
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Trevanian, Shibumi

This might appear to be an idiosynchratic choice, but I honestly think that it is a work of genius. Managing to write a popular adventure story, a best-seller, which is at the same time a parody, a critique and an exemplar of an entire genre is an awe-inspiring accomplishment. I have never read anything else that is simultaneously so utterly ludicrous and so uniquely sublime.
I would like to second this recommendation!

It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.
-Lewis Carroll
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Through the Woods by Emily Carroll.

A fine book.

"Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories."

I commend it to the House
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