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Quiet People…

Quiet People...

I just started Infinite Jest so the review will probably take a while. i might read another easy one on the side to give me some breaks. Until then heres one of my favorite Stephen Hawking quotes.

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Summer reading

Summer reading

I just started reading House of Leaves, and I’ll most likely write a review in the next couple of weeks. I’m looking to add more books to my list if I can keep up this pace. Infinite Jest could be tougher than I expect though. We’ll see how it goes.
-Ben

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For all of you writers

For all of you writers

This Vonnegut quote gave me the courage to major in English in college despite the fact that so many people urged me of its impracticality.

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My favorite poem :)

It may not possess the depth or complexity of Robert Frost or T.S. Eliot, but it’s still my favorite. Hope you like it too :)

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So it goes.

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The Great Gatsby

Like most high school graduates, when I first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece I was at an age where I could barely appreciate the novel. Even then, though, the book left a huge impression on me. The eloquence with which Fitzgerald crafted it drew me in unlike any other novel I had read, and despite the fact that the plot did little to hold my interest at that age. After revisiting the novel this past semester in my 20th Century Literature class my free time has once again fallen victim to the poetry of Fitzgerald’s prose.

I realize that I speak about the novel as if it is some object of literary perfection, however, as my professor pointed out this past semester, this is not entirely the case. In particular, Fitzgerald lacks subtly in his use of certain symbols, such as the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckelburg, which come off as a trite depiction of god’s gaze of judgement. Nonetheless, this novel is considered one of the greatest American novels of all time; and not simply because it tells an amazing story of the dangers that follow when a man becomes so utterly consumed in his dreams that reality could never possibly fulfill them. Rather, it is truly beloved because the words with which it is told are so meticulously arranged on the page that they rival those Joyce. Not convinced ? Well I’ll leave you with my favorite line from the novel…

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Let me know what you guys think of the novel. Should I do a full review? Either way thanks for stopping by :)

-Ben

So it goes.

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While at the moment my humble blog appears to be some sort of shrine to Kurt Vonnegut, its creation is intended simply as a means to both narrate and illustrate my life. It, my life that is, may not be brimming with thrill and excitement, but I think it can be amusing from time to time. And consequently, I think worth sharing. So it goes.Image

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