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The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

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This was a favourite of my dad’s, and you can’t go wrong with Johnny Cash reciting it.   The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service There are strange things done in the midnight sun     By the men who moil for gold; The Arctic trails have their secret tales     That would make your blood run cold; The Northern Lights have… Read more »

Work vs Play

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Tom said to himself that it was not such a hollow world, after all. He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain. If he had been a great and wise… Read more »

All Art is Quite Useless

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When The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published, it was attacked for apparently lacking a moral message. Oscar Wilde added this preface to the second edition of the book. The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a… Read more »

Blank Spaces

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“Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all… Read more »

Address to the Haggis

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Happy Burns Night, everyone! I hope you enjoyed some haggis. Here’s Robbie Burns’ ode tae the great chieftain o’ the pudding-race. There’s a translation on Wikipedia. Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the pudding-race! Aboon them a’ yet tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’a grace As lang’s my arm. The groaning… Read more »

Annihilate a Whole Culture

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I’m listening to Nineteen Eighty-Four right now. I read the first half in high school, and it’s been haunting me ever since as an unfinished read. My memory is of a book filled with big ideas, but it’s also wonderfully written. The girl with dark hair was coming towards them across the field. With what seemed a single movement she… Read more »

The Little Lies

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Death explains to his granddaughter, Susan, why belief is important in Discworld. “All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying that humans need … fantasies to make life bearable.” Really? As if it was some kind of pink pill? No. Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape. “Tooth… Read more »

Sum: Mary

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Book Beginnings

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A Few More Pages has a weekly meme called Book Beginnings, in which you share the first line or two from your current read. I’m finishing up a fun one right now, so I thought I’d share. In the afterlife you relive all your experiences, but this time with the events reshuffled into a new order: all the moments that… Read more »

Let’s Have Some Fun by Charles Bukowski

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there will always be people who say, let’s go on a boat or let’s go to Argentina or let’s go to a movie or let’s go to a tennis match or let’s visit my sister or how about a picnic? and I don’t understand any of this because to me just walking across the room is like walking through flames… Read more »