dodont: (kultur terror)
Things I dog-eared in Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau )
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p107: "We have grown to trust blindly in our senses of balance and reason, and I can see where the mind might fight wildly to preserve its own familiar stable patterns against all evidence that it was leaning sideways." He turned away. "We have marvels still before us."

I'm now on to Artistotle's Ethics.
dodont: (la planete sauvage)
All my life the early sun has hurt my eyes, he thought. In the evening I can look straight into it without getting the blackness. It has more force in the evening too. But in the morning it is painful.

Hemingway, "The Old Man and the Sea"
dodont: (just keep spinning)
Tom O'Roughley
W. B. Yeats

‘THOUGH logic choppers rule the town,
And every man and maid and boy
Has marked a distant object down,
An aimless joy is a pure joy,’
Or so did Tom O’Roughley say
That saw the surges running by,
‘And wisdom is a butterfly
And not a gloomy bird of prey.

‘If little planned is little sinned
But little need the grave distress.
What’s dying but a second wind?
How but in zigzag wantonness
Could trumpeter Michael be so brave?’
Or something of that sort he said,
‘And if my dearest friend were dead
I’d dance a measure on his grave.’
dodont: (spiky)

I am undefeated.

The guitar has strings. And they're bloody going to stay there. Bloody bloody.

While I'm here ...

Things I dog-eared in Kafka's Metamorphosis and other stories )
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I had a look at my old story notes, and they're a bit more epic than I'd realised. Must copy them in at some point. In the meantime, here's some from while I was on holiday.

The book (samples from the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano (d. 1797), who was enslaved in Benin, shipped off to some bastard in Virginia, flung into fighting for - unpaid, of course - the Royal Navy during the Seven Years War because he was 'owned' by a lieutenant, before being sold to a merchant in the Caribbean from whom he bought his freedom, thenceforth being involved in the abolitionist movement and writing his autobiography before settling down and getting married in Soham), by the way, was quite amazing, and these excerpts are not intended to be a selection of the most notable parts, they're simply for my convoluted uses. Read it. It will make you hate everybody, but still. I am looking for a copy of the full autobiography myself.

Things I dog-eared in excerpts from Olaudah Equiano's writings, the penguin book  )


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