Lit rec #245: An unbelievable collection. Stop being complacent and repetitive. And learn to argue in what you believe in (2016).

The best essay about eudaimonia hedonism, the best essay about Radiohead, the best essay about… AGAINST EVERYTHING by Mark Greif

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Lit rec #242: “Under the stars,’ she repeated. ‘I never noticed the stars before. I always thought of them as great big diamonds that belonged to someone. Now they frighten me. They make me feel that it was all a dream, all my youth.” (1922)

Apex of capitalism summer homes, a luxury mtn, see what happens to the invitees.”THE DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ” by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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Lit rec #240: This curious, mesmerising book, a hybrid of fiction and memoir which tells the life stories of four unhappy exiles, is the work of a German writer until now almost unknown in this country. – Jonathan Coe’s review (1992)

Read a difficult book for once. With old black and white photographs thrown in. My first Sebald. THE EMIGRANTS by W. G. Sebald

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#239: “We pretend to catch and eat more pretend bugs than could ever actually live in one cave. The number of pretend bugs we pretend to catch and eat would in reality basically fill a cave the size of our cave.” (2000)

The wild wooly stories in PASTORALIA by George Saunders.The most unforgettable deteriorating grandmother ghost. And fax machine sounds!

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