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    I was very touched by the meningitis deaths of...

    I was very touched by the meningitis deaths of children in Thomas Mann's "Doctor Faustus" and Hermann Hesse's "Rosshalde." While still having to read Anna Karenina I was deeply moved by the plight...
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    So was out to dinner with my son and suggested we...

    So was out to dinner with my son and suggested we go by B&Ns (I miss Borders) and while there picked up "Hard Times" in the B&N publication for $7.95. It was a bit damaged and my son dared me to ask...
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    Perfectly beautiful. Most revealingly human...

    Perfectly beautiful. Most revealingly human thing I have read in my short time here. Thank you.
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    Thanks EmptySeraph, that work looks promising, at...

    Thanks EmptySeraph, that work looks promising, at least by the opening Wiki comments...

    "Hard Times – For These Times" (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first...
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    Great stuff Pompey, thanks. I'm pretty sure I...

    Great stuff Pompey, thanks. I'm pretty sure I have Great Expectations here somewhere. Not being adverse to either the new, or glorious words, I may have to dive in if only upon your interestingly...
  6. You weren't asked nor required to jump on the...

    You weren't asked nor required to jump on the "heart bandwagon," but you had no need to attack those whose hearts are expanded through their participation in religious sentiment. A sentiment which...
  7. So if I didn't call you "bro" you'd give me...

    So if I didn't call you "bro" you'd give me credence eh? Sure. Ummm, the fat thing...what's that about? And you want me to "narrow it down" regarding what you yourself regard as "several...
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    Ok, so "Catch 22" keeps coming up, but I could...

    Ok, so "Catch 22" keeps coming up, but I could barely get through the first chapter. What am I missing?...and don't say chapter 2. Now Keller's "Something Happened"; there's a book!
  9. I tend towards authors who needn't point out...

    I tend towards authors who needn't point out anything "different" about themselves, but rather who react to life's vicissitudes in a manner of which I can sympathize. It has less to do with the...
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    So, oddly enough I've never read Dickens. I...

    So, oddly enough I've never read Dickens. I know, I may deserve a good spanking. So Victorians aren't really my thing these days, but how can I go on saying I've never read Dickens! So what might...
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    Gonna skip the obvious titles... Herman Broch...

    Gonna skip the obvious titles...

    Herman Broch - The Spell
    Georges Simenon - The Man Who Watched Trains Go By
    Klaus Mann - Mephisto
    Patrick Hamilton - The Slaves of Solitude
    Hermann Hesse -...
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    Sticky: Holy smokes, finished "Beware of Pity" (1938)...

    Holy smokes, finished "Beware of Pity" (1938) three or four nights ago. I feel almost ashamed for it taking so long...not that it was a bad book (don't read Wiki entry unless you want spoiler shoved...
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    Really entertaining batch there. Love the...

    Really entertaining batch there. Love the Lexicon and Mushroom ones the best.
  14. Jeez Jerrybaldy, way to overestimate yourself...

    Jeez Jerrybaldy, way to overestimate yourself bro. Still haven't answered my questions I see...you know, the ones with the question marks (post #20 above) . Questions that arose only from you're...
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    Clearly Manichaean you've used "obscure" as an...

    Clearly Manichaean you've used "obscure" as an indicator that you believe it holds more intrinsic value than the "plain and simple," but I would argue the opposite. I prefer Confucius' simple...
  16. Jerrybaldy obviously failed to understand that it...

    Jerrybaldy obviously failed to understand that it wasn't the length of my post that warranted a response...it was the question marks (including the one I failed to include at the end of the second to...
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    "Is Everyone Lucky To Be Born?" Impossible...

    "Is Everyone Lucky To Be Born?"

    Impossible since you did not exist before you were born therefore you couldn't be lucky to be born.
  18. Oh crap, I could have a field day with this! ...

    Oh crap, I could have a field day with this! Threads a little old though.
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    No doubt this has little to do with Hell as a...

    No doubt this has little to do with Hell as a place of eternal damnation <giggles>, and though I'm afraid I might be playing devil's advocate isn't the challenge of Brexit itself a warning to all...
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    You've mistaken my critique of Jerrybaldy for his...

    You've mistaken my critique of Jerrybaldy for his having judged others' emotional states (something inherently internal and personal) for my critique of yourself based on your claims to have some...
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    Obviously the latter masquerading as that former....

    Obviously the latter masquerading as that former. Telling others to hold on for the answer (which you presumably claim to have) either means that you don't have it, and want others to believe that...
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    I just did, see post #23 above.

    I just did, see post #23 above.
  23. I'm so disappointed he hadn't cared to respond to...

    I'm so disappointed he hadn't cared to respond to my post #20 above. Not sure he's worth the pity though.
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    Hey Pompey, I ran across a couple old comments of...

    Hey Pompey, I ran across a couple old comments of yours while digging around and, well, that's just too dang bad you can't hang a little more, but I get it, responsibilities...ugh. All the best on...
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    Truth speaks from the first word. It doesn't...

    Truth speaks from the first word. It doesn't require a last.
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