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    Half-agreed. The grandma anecdotes, although...

    Half-agreed. The grandma anecdotes, although charming, needn’t have been so ‘integrally’ woven throughout the text. Not that he was entirely off there, however; eating is important, people like to...
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    Ohhhh, me too. :nod: These I could do...

    Ohhhh, me too. :nod:



    These I could do without. :biggrin5:
  3. Thread: Tea

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    There’s a difference? :brow:
  4. Thread: Tea

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    ...and now I'll have that theme song running...

    ...and now I'll have that theme song running through my head for the rest of the night. :svengo:
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    Hard to say, but I wouldn’t personally peg Kafka as someone particularly interested in writing any patent religious/biblical references into his work. And if he did, considering his background, it’d...
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    Dorothy who? :angel:

    Dorothy who? :angel:
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    No sir, I don’t like ‘em. Something about the smell and all those stickily-fingered books with loose spines…not cozy at all. :nonod:
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    That darn Darth Maul theme song from Star Wars...

    That darn Darth Maul theme song from Star Wars Episode 1. :shocked:
  9. Thread: Non Sequitur

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    Apparently Mr. Cleese, though mighty in many...

    Apparently Mr. Cleese, though mighty in many ways, is no great grammarian himself. Naughty Brit. :hand:
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    A small clip...

    A small clip, in Dutch, for those interested which gives a bit about Mulisch’s, quite interesting, past and in which he also expresses a very practical view about death, namely, that it’s only a...
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    Art? Now isn’t that ADOOOOORABLE… :grouphug:
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    Sad indeed. And I’m ashamed to admit that, although I own a few of his works, I have yet to read a single one. But at least that much can be remedied. :)
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    Psychological, by far. It seems that the less...

    Psychological, by far. It seems that the less concrete a fear/abnormal situation is, the scarier it becomes, moreover, nothing and no one knows how to get to the core of your fears quite like your...
  14. Yeah, case in point: I have a French version of...

    Yeah, case in point: I have a French version of American Psycho (don’t ask) which clearly states “Translated from the American by…”.

    Anyway, since you’re specifically looking for AAVE then...
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    Creepy, eh? :brow: I wanted to take my Spanish...

    Creepy, eh? :brow: I wanted to take my Spanish for a spin so he recommended Los funerales de la mamá grande, particularly for La siesta del martes. A colourful but quick read. I also bought some...
  16. As far as I see it, K., there are two...

    As far as I see it, K., there are two possibilities: either the contest judges are as whimsical in their tastes as Kiki’s list would lead us to believe…or the Great and Indisputable Gods of...
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    Great country, isn’t it? I was browsing through the open-air book market in Madrid and came to a particularly interesting stall just as a storm was beginning to break; all the other sellers began...
  18. Dichters zijn luie schrijvers. Ik zou rijk...

    Dichters zijn luie schrijvers.

    Ik zou rijk kunnen zijn, als ik een kut had en niet kon schrijven.

    I like Wiener’s contributions best, albeit not for their beauty. :thumbsup:
  19. Yeah, it sounds quite literary, but not in the...

    Yeah, it sounds quite literary, but not in the best sense of the word. I even had to look up what ‘lavabootje’ was supposed to mean. :D Seriously, the cramped-bathroom idea is nice and quirky ‘n...
  20. Out of curiosity, how would you respond to the...

    Out of curiosity, how would you respond to the Surrealist (Breton & Co.) preoccupation with automatic writing (drawing, etc)? Has it -in your estimation of course- produced anything of merit? Or...
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    He seems to be most popular amongst people who...

    He seems to be most popular amongst people who don’t really read, at any rate. :p But a funny interview, at least.



    Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it but nothing really illustrative comes...
  22. Thread: Beat the heat

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    Exactly how hot are we talking here? 30C and...

    Exactly how hot are we talking here?

    30C and I’m a happy camper. And no self-respecting private residence in Holland has air-conditioning…although I’m rather strangely seduced by the white noise...
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    Hey, the Dune series is actually pretty good. At...

    Hey, the Dune series is actually pretty good. At least, the ones that Herbert Sr. wrote himself. :angel:
  24. Thread: Thoreau

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    Neither is it my intent to dismiss a century’s worth of fine American fiction…Poe, to take your example, is certainly an interesting writer IMO and he hated those trippy transcendentalists too. :D
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    I might have found Thoreau more sympathetic if he...

    I might have found Thoreau more sympathetic if he didn’t come across as downright campy. Not my cup o’ tea.



    Indeed, far too carpe diem for my tastes; oh wondrous, oh wonderful world! ...
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