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Bertha_Mason

Bertha_Mason

Joined March 2017

At least there are books in this attic.
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"To hell with it all, she thought, to hell with this guy and that one, to hell with all this shit, I‘m going to hang myself from a lamppost and let the wind whip me around like an old rag; I‘m going to start crying and then I‘m going to go to hell too."
Mood.

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"Signs prohibiting things thronged the streets, leading citizens to see themselves as ever protected, safe, friendly, innocent, proud, and intermittently bewildered, blithe, and buoyant; salt of the only earth worth knowing."

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"I‘m dead, Makina said to herself when everything lurched: a man with a cane was crossing the street, a dull groan suddenly surged through the asphalt, the man stood still as if waiting for someone to repeat the question and then the earth opened up beneath his feet: it swallowed the man, and with him a car and a dog, all the oxygen around and even the screams of passers-by."
Today in notable first sentences.

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"The pink-walled room of my diaphragm went pinched and strange shaped at the sound of that voice."

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"The idea pulled a laugh from my lungs and threw the laugh into the air where it hung awkwardly, certain there had been some mistake, it couldn't possibly belong in a place like this."

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"God's real name is Charlie, he told us." ?

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"Fear floated around like constant pollen, but none of us were allergic."

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The Pilo Family Circus | Will Elliott

"He settled on the axe for aesthetic purposes—to Gonko there seemed something entirely appropriate about a clown killing a clown with an axe."

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The Pilo Family Circus | Will Elliott

It's a bit grating that the author keeps dropping the g-slur. I guess he thinks it means the same thing as "carny." It doesn't, though. I don't understand why he doesn't just say "carny" and leave the ethnic slurs out of it.

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"Deep in the sky a storm was preparing very slowly and without thunder as if it meant to drain every drop of air from the earth before it broke."
-"The Life You Save May Be Your Own'

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"The air was so quiet he could hear the broken pieces of the sun knocking in the water."
-"The River"

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Untitled | Unknown

My abusive dad has been making my life an especial hell for over a month, and it makes me so glad books can be a bedrock in my life.

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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden

"Two tears fell on the pillow, only two; it was as if she were bleeding, not crying."

kspenmoll Really loved reading this book ! 6d
Bertha_Mason Me too! I was going to save it for January, when I often gravitated toward heady summer books because I needed an infusion of summer, and so went ahead and made it a yearly tradition. But I needed it this month, because the weather changed so suddenly that my SAD kicked in early. 6d
Bertha_Mason @kspenmoll Sorry, forgot to tag you in my reply. 6d
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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden

"To wake for the first time in a new place can be like another birth."

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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden

"Privately I thought her very beautiful, with her heavy dark-red hair and eyes that seemed almost too enormous—like a sunflower‘s."

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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden

""You never think of anyone but yourselves." We stared. Whom else should we think of?"
An adolescent cluster B mood.

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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden

"We were odd, belonging and not belonging, and odd is an uncomfortable thing to be; we did not want to belong but were humiliated that we did not."
An adolescent mood.

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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden

"Most grown people are like icebergs, three-tenths showing, seven-tenths submerged—that is why a collision with one of them is unexpectedly hurtful—but Mother was like a child transparently above board and open, "To any scallywag," said Uncle William."

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The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden
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Parasite Eve | Hideaki Sena, Tyran Grillo
Mehso-so

A very interesting, very unsettling concept, backed up by a tremendous amount of research, but way too much traditionally misogynistic "battle of the sexes" bullshit embedded in it for me. The cishets are exhausting.

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Parasite Eve | Hideaki Sena, Tyran Grillo

"Her female friends expressed envy, and, though she smiled it away, inside she was a sack of sighs."
Today in odd metaphors.

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Frontier | Can Xue

"Whenever Liujin heard geese at night, she couldn‘t hold back her tears. It was clearly a cry of freedom, but it sounded to her like the dread that precedes execution."

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Untitled | Unknown

Just had to block another fucking neonazi. Leave me alone and go find a septic tank to drown yourselves in. Quickly now, no time to waste.

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"I do not know what it is that makes a person real, but I imagine it is in the way they can convince you of the things they have not done."
-"Johnny Cash Never Shot a Man in Reno. Or, The Migos: Nice Kids From the Suburbs"

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"What good is endless hope in a country that never runs out of ways to drain you of it?"
-"Searching For a New Kind of Optimism"

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"All things do not pass. Sometimes, that which does not kill you sits heavy over you until all of the things that did not kill you turn into a single counterforce that might."
-"Brief Notes on Staying//No One Is Making Their Best Work When They Want to Die"

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"It‘s in the spirit of male loneliness to imagine that someone has to suffer for it."
-"The Return of the Loneliest Boys in Town"

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Inherit the Wind | Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee
Mehso-so

Hilarious at times, but a little disappointing. I expected more substance. I expected either something more like _Andersonville_, or something funnier. It was not quite entertaining enough to be good fluff, not incisive or exploratory enough to be much more THAN fluff. But then, it WAS published during the McCarthy era, so allowances have to be made for what questions u.s. writers back then couldn't safely ask or try too hard to answer.

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Inherit the Wind | Jerome Lawrence, Robert Edwin Lee

I cannot handle the amount of secondhand embarrassment I'm experiencing for the William Jennings Bryan stand-in character. It burns.

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Hum | Jamaal May
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Hum | Jamaal May

"It‘s as though they found the wrench that could set / free a bike from its training wheels only to discover / their daughter has had a driver‘s license for years."
-"On Metal"

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Hum | Jamaal May

"There‘s always a hymn / waiting for ears. A Tibetan singing bowl / looking for an audience. A vibraphone / begs to collide over and over / with the yarn-tipped mallets you hold. / And even when you were young and smirking / and the clerk was definitely afraid of you, / the tremble of his hand made your change clink / out the notes of a small tune / made of fear, just for you."
-"A Detroit Hum Ending With Bones"

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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig

"Paper knew…the paper‘s white sheets, the empty paper knew the gray of the transitions in the morning, in the evening, and knew of the madness in the twilight, downfalls in the dusk, and burned paper knew extinguished writing: but No One‘s knowledge lay like slime beneath the earth‘s crusts. Or it lay as bones in the hollowed earth; No One‘s knowledge clattered in wooden monotony against the earth‘s cranium."

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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig

"In the underbrush by the shore the shadows lay like molten lead as evening came and the hour of transition began to divest all things of their reality."

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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig
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Right in my thalassophobia 😱

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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig
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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig

"The old factory‘s fragment of wall looked like the clawing hand of a giant thrust from the earth, perhaps in a mad attempt to play with the moon‘s red balloon…"

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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig
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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig
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Heads of the Colored People: Stories | Nafissa Thompson-Spires

"The analogy he was searching for to describe Lisbeth, Mike realized, was Little Edie twirling, or maybe Gloria in _They Shoot Horses, Don't They?_"
-"The Subject of Consumption"

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Old Rendering Plant | Wolfgang Hilbig

"It was a result of my entry into the adult world: only obfuscating participles could conceal the frailty of the nouns; life‘s dilettantes, seizing power over their enclaves in a last-minute panic, required shabby clothes to cover their decay."

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The New Me | Halle Butler

I just had to read the words "rich, beefy shit," so now so do you.

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The New Me | Halle Butler

"Two days completely inside, swallowed up, the idea of days being wasted laughable, but still the feeling of being pulled navel-first through an atmosphere, each point more frightening because of its similarity to the last point, yet getting harder, grimmer, darker, stiffer, traces of the last bad day, the last bad experience, clinging to me, stuck to me, all my past experiences a collected grime I look through."

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The New Me | Halle Butler
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Big mood 😢😭

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The New Me | Halle Butler

"It's like sucking on a rock and pretending it's candy, talking to this guy."

batsy Hahaha! #relatable 1mo
Bertha_Mason @batsy Right? So many guys are such total bores. 1mo
batsy Utter bores. I could be having more fun talking to myself. 1mo
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Bertha_Mason @batsy I hope someday I can get up the nerve to just take out and absorb myself in my phone/a book/my class notes, and when he gets offended look up surprised and say "You're still talking?" 1mo
batsy Yes, me too. ❤️ 1mo
Bertha_Mason @batsy 🍻 That we both get up the nerve! 1mo
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The New Me | Halle Butler

I want to be Millie's friend so badly. I feel so protective toward her. I want to sit next to her at this awful party she's at so we can be mean and nasty and malodorous and cranky and awkward together and make everyone else say "What's up with THOSE two? Who invited THEM? Just ignore them." I want to be her fuckup friend and trade stories about people we hate for no reason and our idle unspeakable urges, and be ignored and disliked together.

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In my experience, nine times out of ten "unlikeable female character" means cluster B character. Sometimes she's an actually awful person, but mostly it just means she's like me. I'm so tired of how fun "feminist" reviewers find it to insult me and call me "fascinating" in the same sentence, praising women like me as their embodied id. That's not what we're here for. If we're "unlikeable," fuck off.

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The New Me | Halle Butler

Ah, Millie is coded as cluster B. I don't care who thinks she's an "unlikeable" character, I love her.

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The New Me | Halle Butler

"My pits are slick, and my face smells like a bagel."

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"In 2008, we watched a senator from Illinois rise in the Democratic primaries. He was the son of a Black, Muslim-born, Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother, and though all of those things made him someone very specific, they also made him ours. We took bets on what would bring him down, which is what you do when you're trying to break your own heart before your country does it for you."