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  1. This is a very smart, wise response. Along...

    This is a very smart, wise response.

    Along that line, and without laboring to read all the responses, I'll venture to suggest an aspiring writer become familiar with a wide variety of styles. I'd...
  2. Is wiping your a$$ with pages from Wolf Larsen's...

    Is wiping your a$$ with pages from Wolf Larsen's books better than using toilet paper?
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    Absolutely agree with Babyguile's assessment of...

    Absolutely agree with Babyguile's assessment of Nothing to Envy. It was a very sobering read.

    I'm almost finished reading the entire set of Will Durant's Story of Civilization series. I recommend...
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    Dumbest ***s? Coming soon to Mark Twain's...

    Dumbest ***s?

    Coming soon to Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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    I sort of hated this book - I really did!

    Boy, I needed something to read because I sort of ran out of books and all. I really did! I sort of asked my son suave as hell if he had any god**** books. He took a lot of crumby English classes and...
  6. The British Romantics are near and dear to my...

    The British Romantics are near and dear to my heart. Coleridge, in particular. I never get tired of reading "The Aeolian Harp."

    Art-wise, William-Adolphe Bouguereau is my favorite.
    ...
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    I agree with The Comedian and his recommendation...

    I agree with The Comedian and his recommendation of Thoreau's Walden. Let's throw in Civil Disobedience while we're at it.

    Here are my recommendations:

    The Screwtape Letters - C.S. Lewis ...
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    I just finished rereading this masterful book for...

    I just finished rereading this masterful book for the second, possibly the third, time. I don't like to slow myself down by taking too many notes, but I bracketed some passages that I thought were...
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    Lee, are you referring to the most recent...

    Lee, are you referring to the most recent depictions of Sherlock Holmes? If so, I will say I was repulsed by them.

    As for the portrayal of Frankenstein, the old version with Boris Karloff is...
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    I just finished reading it (again). Where do you...

    I just finished reading it (again). Where do you get the notion an abnormal brain was put in his head?

    By Frankenstein, I assume you're referring to the monster, not the creator.
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    One passage that escaped my notice the first time...

    One passage that escaped my notice the first time I read it comes from chapter XLVIII:

    The first twenty-six graves in the Virginia cemetery were occupied by murdered men. So everybody said, so...
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    This tells me all I need to know about this site....

    This tells me all I need to know about this site. Having just reread The Inferno, I take umbrage.
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    Yes, yes, yes! That very same thought popped into...

    Yes, yes, yes! That very same thought popped into my head!

    I just finished The Inferno rendered by Ciardi (is there any other version?) and I was impressed not only by the work, but the...
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    Indeed. You'd be better off reading a history of...

    Indeed. You'd be better off reading a history of Renaissance Italy rather than Virgil.
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    Okay, allowing for some variety in tastes and...

    Okay, allowing for some variety in tastes and quirks, sometimes a book is just banal, inane and stupid. One such book is required in many high schools to blunt criticism that most reading focuses too...
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    Quite.

    Quite.
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    I only remember one that had a bear in it. Late...

    I only remember one that had a bear in it. Late 1980s, if memory serves. I get the sense that those books appeal a great deal more to the committee than to kids.
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    Poll: The first book I read by Cather was A Lost Lady....

    The first book I read by Cather was A Lost Lady. I was not impressed, but then I was in the middle of pursuing an undergraduate degree and I guess it got pushed under a pile of other obligations so I...
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    I think my next thread should be What are you NOT...

    I think my next thread should be What are you NOT reading to your kids? Some of the books I see here are prize-winners among critics. Sometimes that tells me all I need to know about a book. Is...
  20. I particularly enjoyed Connecticut Yankee. That...

    I particularly enjoyed Connecticut Yankee. That mercenary spirit of the accidental knight-errant posting advertising bills on the side of horses just made me laugh out loud.
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    and 1984!

    and 1984!
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    Are you kidding? I teach high school Spanish....

    Are you kidding? I teach high school Spanish. They've barely heard of Mark Twain, let alone Cervantes. If I used the expression "tilting at windmills," they'd look at me like I just grew another head.
  23. Do. And thanks for adding me as a "friend."...

    Do. And thanks for adding me as a "friend." You're the first. But then I'm pretty new here, myself.
  24. Now, that's LOLSHIWMP - laughing out loud so hard...

    Now, that's LOLSHIWMP - laughing out loud so hard I wet wet my pants!
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    Hasn't anyone ever told you to read every other...

    Hasn't anyone ever told you to read every other chapter? It's like reading The Scarlet Letter - skip the first chapter.

    And then enjoy!
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