When Evil Ascends the Throne

When Evil Ascends the Throne

I think if you’re impregnated with good literature, with good culture, you’re much more difficult to manipulate, you’re much more aware of the dangers that powers represent. ~Mario Vargas Llosa We the people tend to elect the least common denominator to public office because we are a nation choosing to watch TV rather than crack […]

Mentally Jerking Off to Holy Books

Mentally Jerking Off to Holy Books

Books keep stupidity at bay. ~Nina George Books can keep stupidity at bay if, and only if, the reader masticates books offering diverse points of view. Reading only Liberal rags stokes stupidity flames. Reading only Conservative offerings ensures stupidity grows unbounded. The same stupidy assumes control if we glean all truth from only the Bible […]

Are Not My Truths The Same As Yours?

Are Not My Truths The Same As Yours?

Learned men collect sacred texts. ~Pablo Neruda Knowledge is power. Books disseminate knowledge from all points in history. Ergo books are powerful. I would further postulate, it is knowledge passed from person to person, that makes us human therefore sacred. In this respect, all books, all texts are sacred and we should especially seek to […]

A Fool’s Folly

A Fool’s Folly

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ~Maya Angelou Most people make the best decision possible based on the information available at the moment of truth. To look back from a vantage point built upon a mountain of future knowledge where the happened consequences can easily […]

Stylized Spines

Stylized Spines

Books sitting quietly on shelves and the dust of the world creeping into libraries, slowly, persistently, unstoppably.. ~Roberto Bolaño Few things are sadder than a bookshelf full of books where the books are drowning in uniform layers of smooth dust disturbed only by insect footsteps lined like a wobbly drunkard after an all-night binge. Well, […]

Labyrinthian Reading

Labyrinthian Reading

Life is to short to read a bad book. ~James Joyce I am in the middle of a book I find a challenge to be fully engaged with and I wonder if I will have the oomph to follow it through to a turn of the final page. Does that make it a bad book? […]

Books Unlock Our Hidden Doors

Books Unlock Our Hidden Doors

Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s self. ~Franz Kafka Books, books, books. My Goodreads reading list shows more five-star rated books than I have friends I would rate as five-star friends. It’s more a reflection on me than on humanity. I enjoy reading more than I […]

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