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What book would you choose?

“Well, look, I’m a lawyer too, and a woman, like your character, but” –and her expression became urgent as if she had clamped her hand to my arm–“the book was no help to me. It didn’t tell me how I should live my life.” – Rosellen Brown, “Characters’ Weaknesses Build Fiction’s Strengths,” Writers on Writing, p. 29

Writers on Writing

Writers on Writing

In the spring of 2009, my roommate and I enrolled in a philosophy class centered on utopias and dystopias. We had both agreed that the class seemed interesting, and it also fulfilled part of our core requirements for graduation.

While we had expected the class to involve lectures and discussions on philosophical terminology and arguments, we realized that the class was really an English literature class. We discussed the utopias or dystopias presented in books like Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland. We examined societal and character flaws and strengths using plain language instead of modus ponens and modus tollens arguments. Our understanding of perfect harmony and perfect chaos came from fiction; we did not speak of real world examples of those who had sought to create utopias. Continue reading



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Update – 11/29/11

Since I will probably be busy over the next week I’ll try to read a short book, something that I could easily get through in a day. I have a used copy of Voltaire’s Candide on my bookshelf that I skimmed through back in 2007 for a philosophy class. I’ll probably start reading it later this evening or tomorrow morning, and hopefully I can have a new entry up by Thursday night.

I’m not sure what book I plan to read after that. I kind of want to switch over to poetry or a collection of short stories, but if I decide to do one of those, I need to decide if I’ll make an entry based on a line/sentence from each poem/short story.

Thanks for reading.


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The opposite of this

“That was when I learned that words are no good; that words don’t ever fit even what they are trying to say at. When he was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn’t care whether there was a word for it or not.” – Addie, As I Lay Dying, page 171

As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Excuse the generality of this entry, but I just want to share something I’ve always found astounding. Continue reading

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