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    Yesterday, 01:03 PM
    Dickens certainly creates vivid characters. With just a few of his words I can picture Barkis sitting there on the driverís seat, staring at the...
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    Yesterday, 03:29 AM
    If the ancient Greeks used Homer as a guide for acceptable behavior, a whole generation of us used Seinfeld: — Did you just double dip that chip!?...
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    Yesterday, 03:27 AM
    Haha! There it is. You canít go back to coach after youíve been in First. Hereís a Seinfeld moment in Dickens: Itíd be funnier if my own...
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    10-01-2023, 12:39 PM
    Oh yeah, I’ll bet Miss Murdstone had man hands. The quote (or at least the paraphrase) is from the TV show Seinfeld.
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    10-01-2023, 12:38 PM
    Ya know, it seems quaint to us now, but back in the day I’ll bet it seemed anything but. Also it’s got me wondering if it’s worse to be born in...
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    09-30-2023, 06:24 PM
    …She had man hands. Man hands? Man hands. She was like a creature outta Greek mythology, part woman, part horrible beast
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    09-30-2023, 03:00 PM
    David Copperfield is going swimmingly. The words in my head are coming in with a London accent.
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    09-30-2023, 02:58 PM
    Haha I’ve gotta say, I wish they’d’ve given more of Jackie Chiles
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    09-29-2023, 12:20 PM
    No books in prison!? No prison library!? Thatís outrageous, egregious, preposterous! I am mortified and stupefied! Shocked and chagrined! ...
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    09-29-2023, 12:14 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Exactly, Danik. I think thatís the point. Life can be brutal for the young in nature as well as in an enlightened society.
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    09-28-2023, 01:09 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Okay one more from Demon Copperhead then Iíll move on. Towards the end of the book Demon has hiked up a trail to spot where a number of significant...
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    09-28-2023, 01:06 PM
    Yep. I’m no expert, but I did watch a Netflix miniseries on the opioid epidemic… I think it’s just one example of how profit motive and patient...
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    09-28-2023, 12:03 AM
    One word — Oxy. Ah well, I’ve never been able to leave it at one word. So Perdue Pharma has been one of the great boogeymen of American society...
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    09-27-2023, 11:26 AM
    Finished Demon Copperhead. Hereís Ms Kingsolver in the acknowledgments at the end of the book: As mentioned earlier, I havenít read David...
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    09-19-2023, 10:25 AM
    I thought you could probably identify, Bounty. I seem to remember you were/are an educator. Speaking of archetypes, here’s Bob Nelson running...
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    09-19-2023, 12:26 AM
    Thereís still a couple of weeks in MLBís regular season, but football is back! Gotta say I donít have much interest in the NFL, but I do like going...
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    09-15-2023, 02:23 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Hereís one from Ridgeline by Michael Punke. Crazy Horse, one of the main characters and also a real historical figure, has been tracking a small herd...
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    09-14-2023, 01:04 PM
    So I finished The Ridgeline by Michael Punke, a historical fiction novel about the Fetterman Massacre in 1866 out west between various bands of...
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    09-12-2023, 05:06 PM
    Nice. Also a good hook, which I only say because I do believe Iím hooked. By way of comparison and contrast hereís the first two paragraphs of Demon...
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    09-12-2023, 10:35 AM
    Alright, my friends, youíve convinced me. As soon as I finish Demon Copperhead Iíll dive into David Copperfield, or maybe The Pickwick Papers. Iíve...
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    09-11-2023, 11:49 AM
    Sit back and enjoy the ride with Frontiers, eh Danik? Also **palm slaps forehead ** I did not make the connection between Demon Copperhead and...
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    09-10-2023, 11:34 AM
    Yup, Iíve been suckered into buying a book with a highfalutin prize sticker on the cover more than once (hasta). But Iíve come around to Danikís way...
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    09-09-2023, 11:39 AM
    Haha! Homework. Great characterization, Danik. Those books feel like something I hafta read rather something I get to read. After struggling...
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    09-07-2023, 11:26 AM
    Hah! I only use google to diagnose serious illnesses. My first thought after reading your post was ó hey I didnít know McPherson wrote a book...
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    09-06-2023, 12:54 AM
    Is that James McPherson any kin to the Union General of the same name? There used to be a Fort McPherson in Atlanta named for the Union General who...
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    09-05-2023, 12:22 PM
    Good point. Reading is a great way to travel, and not just to a place but also to a time. I can read about the Iberian peninsula and then I can visit...
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    09-04-2023, 02:54 AM
    Danik, you’ve got eclectic taste. I’m not sure I can keep up with the breadth of your literary interests. And thanks, I thought we all might like...
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by The Comedian on 01-03-2016 at 10:30 PM
It's been a long time since I last read Stoic philosophy. I think the last work of this type that I read was the brief Handbook of Epictetus as an undergraduate. I didn't like it much. Mostly because my girlfriend at the time (who was a major repair-job) loved it. She was using the emotional detachment ideas to get over this jerk she dated before me. Nice. As a result, I thought that stoicism was just a mask that emotionally weak people wore to hide the honest and hard-earned scars on their souls.

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by The Comedian on 01-03-2016 at 10:28 PM
We just finished final presentations in my classes. I teach -- community college, English & Philosophy (picked up Masters Degree #2 in Philosophy a couple years ago; this enables me to teach the love of wisdom to American CC students). I think of Sara's presentation of whether American Literature matters: it was expertly organized and focused on emotional intelligence. Sure, she picked up on a thread that I was communicatin' to them: that one of literature's practical uses is to train us emotionally.

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What I Read in 2012

by The Comedian on 12-31-2012 at 10:48 AM
Here's a list of what I read last year with a brief rating of each book. At the bottom of the list are some reflections the reading year.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. 4/5

Metamorphoses by Ovid (Charles Martin translation) 4.5/5

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by The Comedian on 10-08-2012 at 12:50 PM
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Vanilla was an albino rat, a "fancy rat" her tag in the pet store called her. We purchased her and her fellow female friend, later named Smokey, almost one year ago.

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HARD TIMES and the Kitchen Counter

by The Comedian on 06-21-2012 at 11:53 AM
I'm nearly finished with Charles' Dickens' Hard Times -- quite an accomplishment for me. I hate Dickens. But I try to read him every year because, somehow, I feel that by not liking him (at least a little), then he wins. And I like to win. A very much lot, I do.

And here's the thing: I love Hard Times. If only I had tried to read this before Little Dorritt or A Tale of Two Cities then maybe I could have defeated my anti-Dickensian-ness much earlier. And I would have spared me from

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