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Izai.Amorim

Izai.Amorim

Joined September 2016

Reader and writer. Love languages. izaiamorim.com
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This is such a good book. It deals with three topics: guns, health care, and tax cuts followed by the slashing of government services. In all three, the depressingly similar causes and outcomes. It helps to understand - and to accept. Things are not going to change anytime soon. By the way, if you extrapolate a little, the core issues exist in Europe as well. Brexit is a distant cousin. So is the resurgence of right-wing nationalism in Germany.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m very anxious to read this. Thanks for the strong review! 1mo
LauraBeth I thought this was a great interview with John Le Carré (from a couple of years ago but I still think about it) about global politics and the influences shaping them right now. You can see the thread with what is happening to the west: https://www.npr.org/2017/12/28/572625559/novelist-john-le-carr-reflects-on-his-o... 1mo
Izai.Amorim @LauraBeth Thanks! I especially enjoyed this quote, " ...Oligarchs in the West who are so far to the right that they make a kind of natural cause with those in Russia. Both have in common a great contempt for the ordinary conduct of democracy. They want to diminish it. They see it as their enemy. They've made a dirty word of liberalism - one of the most inviting words in politics. They're closing in on the same target from different points of view."

from different points of view.
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Suet624 I don't want to read this but I guess I should. :) I'm so upset by where we all are right now. 4w
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Well, it's a depressing reading but somehow it sets you free. Call it resignation or surrender, you stop expecting and hoping that meaningful change in these matters will happen in the near future. Like Moses in the desert, we have to wait until the old generation is replaced by the new one. It will take a few decades. I feel very sorry for the innocent victims but I can't help them. 4w
kspenmoll Great review. I have been reading a book that explores similar topics but in the light of immigration- the author compares Youngstown Ohio & a similar district in London, whose loss of industrial jobs has deeply affected their political views. (edited) 3w
kspenmoll @Suet624 Take care of you- I think you know what exists in out country/world 3w
kspenmoll Wanted to tell you that at HS we played & discussed Greta Thurberg‘s UN speech. These were freshman & they told us they had to act. My son is 24 & he is galvanized as well. He worries it is too late. 3w
Izai.Amorim @kspenmoll I love Greta. She‘s like an angel of God sent to warn us. I hope she succeeds. If not, can‘t imagine what else‘s we could do. It‘s way too late but better start now than never. I was very active in the climate change issues years ago. Got tired of preaching in the wilderness. You can change your behavior but that‘s not enough if a few billion people don‘t. And all the damage done for profit of a few... Sums up human history, doesn‘t it? (edited) 3w
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Most mass shooters are men... Anti-feminist rhetoric is a powerful gateway to violent white nationalism, and it is calculated to appeal to the demographic overwhelmingly responsible for mass shootings: young white men. One recruiting ground is the collection of sites known as the "manosphere"...
Spooky article on The Atlantic about the "manosphere." https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/08/anti-feminism-gateway-...

TrishB Sighs..... and we don‘t really have any answers. 2mo
Anna40 Thanks for posting this article 2mo
Suet624 Thank you for sharing. 2mo
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'Mindfulness practitioners may have a very different political agenda to that of liberalism, but the risk is that they retreat into their own private worlds and particular identities - which is exactly where the neoliberal power structures want them."

Aimeesue Just read a New Statesman article on the same subject. "Purser argues that mindfulness has become the perfect coping mechanism for neoliberal capitalism: it privatises stress and encourages people to locate the root of mental ailments in their own work ethic." 2mo
batsy Pretty accurate! Reminds me of an article I've bookmarked and should get around to reading https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/14/the-mindfulness-conspiracy-... 2mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy I read it and it inspired me to buy the book. Good to see a fellow Guardian reader here. 2mo
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Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue @batsy I'm all for mindfulness but I see it as a tool not as an end in itself. Our feelings about a problem are sometimes much worse than the problem itself and paralyses us. So we must get them under control in order to SOLVE the problem. You can't meditate illness, unemployment, homelessness, abuse, bullying, etc out of existence! 2mo
Suet624 You‘re exactly right. 2mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thank you! 2mo
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On stress: "...neoliberal mindfulness presents stress as a maladaptive psyco-psycological reaction. ...no need to inquire into its systemic, institutional and structural causes. But how we explain and respond to suffering - individually and socially - is both ethical and political." Nailed!

Suet624 Yes! I‘m so glad someone is writing about this. 2mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 If we had only one word to describe ourselves and our societies in 2019 it would be "fragmented." Nothing is whole anymore. Social media increases this fragmentation. To preach meditation as a solution is almost cynical, isn't it? We need more interaction with people, not less. 2mo
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Stoner | John Williams
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Started this one this morning. Seems very promising. It has a melancholic undertone. Could listen to some early Neil Young as you read this book.

LauraJ I like your soundtrack idea! It fits. 3mo
Tamra My favorite novel. 🤗 3mo
TrishB A good read 👍🏻 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book! Great idea for the soundtrack. 3mo
Izai.Amorim @erzascarletbookgasm @LauraJ Good to see fellow Neil Young fans here! 3mo
Izai.Amorim @TrishB @Tamra It is really good. 3mo
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I got this one for my train tide. I saw it here on Litsy. Very curious.

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Chess Story | Stefan Zweig
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The mystery of book prices. I checked if the German edition of the Chess Story would be cheaper then the 13 euros for the paperback translation. I found a hardcover with a collection of novellas, 800 pages, for only 10! It was about time, I've had Zweig on my list for very long. I ask myself if he would get published today. Novellas are a tough sell. Stephen King once said that he could get his laundry list published but not a novellas.😁

Sarah83 Anaconda publisher right? They come up with cheap hardcover editions. I often ask myself, why dtv, Fischer and co have to be so expensive... 3mo
Izai.Amorim @Sarah83 Yes, Anaconda. I ask myself the same, especially when you consider how old some books are. 3mo
Sarah83 Definitely. Sometimes their editions aren't as gorgeous as others but their translations are often better. 3mo
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sprainedbrain What a bargain! I adored Chess Story... I plan to read more Zweig. 3mo
LeahBergen I really enjoyed Chess Story (my first read by Zweig)! 3mo
Izai.Amorim @sprainedbrain @LeahBergen "Burning Secret" was also very good. 3mo
Suet624 I just finished this and I was underwhelmed for some reason. 3mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 I can understand why. It‘s a famous piece but not his best. I liked the prose, how the story flows easily. (Disclaimer:I‘m a big fan of early 20th century German literature). I also liked the idea behind it, how our minds can do strange and powerful things in extreme situations. Now to the problems. There‘s a lot of stuff that isn‘t credible, a sugarcoated version of reality. The Nazis were brutal thugs who would never... (more below) (edited) 3mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 ...have a prisoner like him walk away free. The guy‘s biography was also cheesy, unrealistic. Sometimes it read like a book for teenagers. The biggest flaw was using a first person narrator to tell the story. The narrator doesn‘t add any value, his voice is lame. That flashback conversation on the deck wasn‘t a good way to introduce the character. A third person narrator, telling the story chronologically, would have been much better. 3mo
Suet624 I appreciate you sharing tour thoughts on this. You expressed perfectly both what I liked and didn‘t about the book. 2mo
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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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I started White Teeth. It's early days but I'm enjoying it. After the dreadful "Leaving Claude" I guess anything would be a great read, right? ?

vivastory White Teeth is one of my favorites of the year. Enjoy! 4mo
BarbaraBB Harriet really hit you hard didn‘t she 😉? 4mo
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Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB Not Harriet herself but the fact that I can't understand who the author wants to portray here. Herself? 4mo
Aimeesue I loved White Teeth. Much more than On Beauty, tbh. 4mo
BarbaraBB That‘s the question indeed. It will be so interesting discussing this. I do know however that the author wrote erotic novels under a pseudonym called Harriet! 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue it's my first one by this author. 4mo
Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB There are uncountable obnoxious characters in literature and they are important. Normally the author uses them to make a point. I don't get the point in Leaving Claude. Maybe I lack something in my background or education? I read even Marquis de Sade and his perverted characters make somehow sense in the story. Here I'm lost... 4mo
Anna40 I don't remember much of the story of White Teeth. I read it when I was in my early twenties, but I remember that I enjoyed it very much. I tried reading her most recent novel Swing Time a few years ago but couldn't get into the story. 4mo
Anna40 Leaving Claude - I tried to find a copy at the library. I was curious after reading your review, but they don't have any copies of the book and I don't think I would like it either. It's hard to relate to an obnoxious character and that often spoils the entire book for me 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 I got it here in my last Litsy book exchange. I haven't read any review so I don't have any background information but I guess she's writing about her family. It's intelligent and fun. 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Anna40 I bought it on Amazon because libraries here don't have this kind of book. 4mo
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Tokyo: A Certain Style | Kyoichi Tsuzuki
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Greetings from Dusseldorf, Germany. It has the biggest Japanese colony in Germany and maybe even Europe. All Japanese companies headquartered in Germany are here. Great place for Japanese food. I'm working here at the moment and enjoying the food. (This bento box was just delicious...)

Sarah83 Looks great 🤩 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Sarah83 Es war lecker! Du bist hier in NRW, oder? 4mo
Sarah83 Jupp. Ein paar Städtchen weiter in Oberhausen. 4mo
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Izai.Amorim @Sarah83 Coole Gegend hier. Gefällt mir! 4mo
batsy Yum! 4mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy 😋😋 4mo
sisilia Looks good! 😍 4mo
Izai.Amorim @sisilia I think that better than only in Japan. Might get there someday... 🇯🇵 4mo
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After Claude | Iris Owens
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One of those books that you need additional information in order to really understand what the author wants to say. The text alone isn't enough. In my opinion the book shows a very disfavorable portrait of a woman. Since it's written by a women, I assume it's on purpose. But can't guess who the criticism is aimed at. Herself? Her peers? Society? No clue.
Hoping discussion will bring enlightment...

Cathythoughts Discussion will be interesting... 👍🏻 4mo
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts Looking forward to it. You're a therapist, right? Very interested in your input. 4mo
BarbaraBB Well said. I‘m looking forward to the discussion too! #nyrbbookclub 4mo
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Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB Do you know the date? 4mo
BarbaraBB No I don‘t think it has been set yet. @vivastory ? 4mo
emilyhaldi We haven‘t set a date yet! Will let you know soon, just want to give enough time for the readers who received their copies late 🤗 will surely be an interesting discussion! @Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB 4mo
Izai.Amorim @emilyhaldi Thanks for letting me know. Hope to be able to take part. 4mo
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Cassandra at the Wedding | Dorothy Baker
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Started this one. Many people around here seems so excited about it... I didn't know it was first published in 1962.

LeahBergen I hope you like it (and that you want to read along with some of the other #NYRBBookClub picks 😃). 5mo
Cathythoughts Look forward to your thoughts! I‘m reading along with this gang for the next one too ( After Claude -their June Pick- ) I loved Cassandra ♥️👍🏻 (edited) 5mo
Izai.Amorim @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts So far I'm enjoying it... Read along is a possibility, as long as it's no Rushdie 😆. (Strange, can‘t edit posts on my Android, only on iOS)... (edited) 5mo
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vivastory I hope you love it! 5mo
Suet624 Oh, I‘m so glad you‘re reading it. I hope you like it. 5mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 It's a very intriguing book. Your perception of what is going on keeps changing as you read. The funny quotes don't feel so funny after a while. It seems to me that both sisters have a serious identity problem. 5mo
Suet624 @Izai.Amorim sorry for the late response. As the mother of twins I have always wondered how twins kept from feeling the way Cassandra and her sister felt. There is such a delicate balance that must be maintained by twins. It‘s never ending. And as a mom it also was a delicate balance. 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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After two long years I finally finished my manuscript!!! There's still a lot of work to do, the difficult part actually starts now (editing, rewriting, editing, rewriting...) But the story is finished, and that's a milestone worth celebrating. I'm buying everyone a virtual round of drinks! Cheers!
🥃🥃🍾🥃🍷🍷🍺🍾🥃🍷🍺

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mrozzz How fantastic!! Well done! 6mo
Izai.Amorim @mrozzz Thanks! 6mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🎉👍😁 6mo
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MayJasper Congrats, congrats congrats 🤩😘🍾 6mo
Sarah83 Congrats 😍 6mo
Cathythoughts Cheers 🍾. Great news ! Well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
AmyG Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🍾🍾🍾 6mo
Izai.Amorim @AmyG Thank you! 6mo
Smrloomis 🥳👍🏽 Congratulations! 🥂🍾🍰🧂 Wait, is that a salt shaker? Oops, anyway - awesome news! 6mo
BarbaraBB Such great news! Congratulations and enjoy ❤️🎈 6mo
julesG Congratulations! 6mo
batsy Congratulations!! 🥂 6mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy Thanks 🙏 6mo
Suet624 I‘m so very happy for you. 💕💕 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thank you so much! 6mo
Lynnsoprano Congratulations! I so look forward to reading your book. 5mo
Izai.Amorim @Lynnsoprano Thank you. I‘ll let you know when it‘s available on Netgalley. 5mo
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Our man in Havana | Graham Greene, Christopher Hitchens
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This was a quick and fun read. I wonder if it inspired the Cohen brothers to make Burn After Reading. Very similar plots.

TheKidUpstairs Love this book. My first Graham Greene, and it remains one of my favourites 6mo
Izai.Amorim @TheKidUpstairs I must read more by him. 6mo
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I'm glad that I finally took the time for this book (Homage to Catalonia). Like Down and Out in Paris and London, it helps you to understand Orwell's work much better.
Picture: This dog sculpture is also inside the Lisbon cathedral. It watches while the lady reads (see previous post). The Portuguese have their priorities right!

batsy They certainly do! I love it. 6mo
Aimeesue Oooh,beautiful puppala! (That's pronounced pup-pah-LA, and for some reason I can't figure out, its what I've been calling my dogs lately. 😄) 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue is puppala a dog race? 6mo
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Aimeesue @Izai.Amorim Just a new nickname. Although, come to think of it, the dogs I call "puppala" are all smart and beautiful, so … oh, wait, that's all dogs. ? 6mo
Suet624 That fact about the dog with the reading woman is so cool! Thanks for posting this. 6mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 It was a pleasure. Only kind of dog allowed in a church.😂 6mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 6mo
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@cariashley
I found the picture, it looks like the same you posted. This sarcophagus is inside the Lisbon cathedral, built 1147, destroyed by earthquakes many times. The lady kept reading, undisturbed.

TimSpalding My wife and I took many photos of that one, and I believe a similar one across the room. A pleasant vision of the afterlife. 6mo
Suet624 Ahhh 6mo
cariashley Oh my gosh, amazing! It‘s definitely the same, what a great eye you have. I wish I saw it when I was in Lisbon a couple years ago! 6mo
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batsy Isn't that something ❤️ 6mo
Izai.Amorim @cariashley you have another good reason to come back. Lisbon is heaven. 6mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy @Suet624 Eternity is quite long, you can party for a few decades but eventually you get tired and then you need books. 😆 6mo
Suet624 😂😂😂 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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@Anna40
I only know Schalom Ben-Chorim because of this plaque on my building façade. (I never read anything about him in the press, never seen his books, they might be out of print. Most people who see the plaque ask who he was.) I hope you enjoy the book!

Anna40 Great! Thank you. Will keep you posted on the book :) 6mo
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Homage to Catalonia | George Orwell
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I'm starting this tomorrow, one of the few Orwell books I haven't read yet. Looking forward to.

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The Thirty-nine Steps | John Buchan
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I bought this book in Scotland last year and I could start it only now. A spy story, about one century old. My name is Bond, Vintage Bond...😂

erzascarletbookgasm I vaguely remember anything, read it when I was in school. 6mo
Izai.Amorim @erzascarletbookgasm Compared to today‘s thrillers it‘s almost silly but somehow fun. 6mo
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Nomansland | Lesley Hauge
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When East Germany built the Berlin Wall, it left out a plot of land, a triangle about 350m2, on the West side. One day a Turkish guy moved in and planted a garden and built a tree house. West Germany couldn't stop him - theoretically abroad. East Germany either - outside the wall! It still exists!

Tanisha_A Oh wow! Kudos to that person 6mo
TrishB Great fun fact! 6mo
Aimeesue I LOVE that! 6mo
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sprainedbrain That is awesome! 6mo
Anna40 :) 6mo
GingerAntics That‘s pretty awesome. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s interesting! Thanks for sharing. 6mo
batsy Fascinating! And fabulous 🌱 6mo
Suet624 Oh, that makes me smile and feel all warm inside. Resistance at its finest. 6mo
kspenmoll Love this fact- creative resistance! 6mo
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Third one. I really enjoyed this trilogy. Good plot. Maybe too many plot twists for my taste but I guess that's in the genre's DNA. Entertaining, from beginning to end.

Suet624 A blanket shot? 6mo
Izai.Amorim Good observation! You recognize the texture! Almost... My jeans. 😁 6mo
Suet624 Hmmm. Jeans, you say. I don‘t see it. But I believe you. 😂 6mo
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After a very long reading slump I'm really enjoying this series. Number 2 was a mix of Eco's Foucault's Pendulum, Gaiman' American Gods, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Very entertaining and with a lot of plot twists. On to number 3.

huntersmom1977 Glad to hear you are over your slump! I was there last summer and am so glad it has come to pass. Happy Reading Amigo! SEMPRE FRENTE! 😊 7mo
Suet624 Yay. I‘m happy for you. What‘s this a picture of? 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 My shoes 😂 7mo
Suet624 Haha. So good. 7mo
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The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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I'm not much into fantasy but I did enjoy this book. It had a more nuanced, one could even say darker approach to the topic. What happens to your personality when you master magical powers. Some depth for a change, though not always pleasant to read. (PS: I did write this blurb.)

Suet624 Another beautiful photo of a board. 😀 love it. 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thanks! I took it that same day. 7mo
Sarah83 I really wanted to ask, if it is really your post. 😂 I still need to read this book 😍 7mo
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Izai.Amorim @Sarah83 I was told there is no bug in the software, it's always me posting even if I'm sleeping. I must be a sleepwalker - or better said a sleep-poster. I could live with that. What really bothers me is to realize that my sleep-posting self had such a bad literary taste. I must go see a shrink about that. 😂 7mo
Suet624 How strange about your post. Posting the language of the angels. 7mo
Sarah83 That's really curious 🙄 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 @Sarah83 The first time it was a book called "Bait", I believe a romance, the second was "Beyond Humus and Falafel", a cookbook. I'm curious about the next one... I try to look at the bright side: if the software is doing this only to me, maybe I'm some kind of "chosen one" like Neo in the Matrix movie? ?? 7mo
Sarah83 If you post about Jane Austen, I will get more curious. 😂😂 7mo
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Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding Good morning, Tim. So it happened again. I didn‘t post this. 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB @Tanisha_A @sprainedbrain @merelybookish @LibrarianRyan @BookwormAHN @JoScho @Sarah83 @Dragon Sorry, guys, I didn‘t post it, I was sleeping. It‘s the second time that the “machine” posts for me. It‘s getting really creepy around here. I won‘t delete it this time. 7mo
Sarah83 Really curious. 🙄 7mo
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BarbaraBB Scary! 7mo
sprainedbrain @Izai.Amorim I thought it was odd that you didn‘t have a lovely photo. That is weird! (edited) 7mo
Izai.Amorim @sprainedbrain Thanks! It's happened before, also around midnight. Seems like some kind of bug in the system. Last time I deleted it, making it difficult for the Litsy people to investigate. I hope they find out this time. 7mo
Dragon Thanks for the heads up @Izai.Amorim , I didn‘t realize there was a glitch like that. 😀🐉 7mo
JoScho Not cool! 7mo
TimSpalding We're working on this this morning. 7mo
TimSpalding @izai.amorim 1/ Okay, here's what we found. Previously we had only the database. This time we have all the logs still around too. So we can pinpoint the exact request that posted the exact quote, as well as the requests that posted your comments, refreshed your feed, etc. These all include the IP address, which can be resolved to a location, and the "user agent," which gives us device, OS, browser and version. 7mo
TimSpalding @izai.amorim 2/ Our conclusion is that quote and comments were posted by the same devices in the same region of the same country. This cuts out most problem scenarios and, we think, all errors. It leaves friends and family and butt-texting style mistakes. If you email tim@librarything.com we can discuss your devices, and send a detailed analysis with request times, IP addresses and so forth.
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Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding Thanks. I'll email you tommorow. I think it's better to move this discussion offline. 7mo
Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding I sent you an email, maybe it was sorted out as spam? Could you please email me those log files at reviews@izaiamorim.com ? Thank you. 7mo
Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding I haven‘t heard anything from you, I hope you‘re well and nothing bad happened. It seems that this ticket is closed. I only reported the bug because I thought that it might interest you. I won‘t bother you in the future if it happens again. Take care. 7mo
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The Years | Virginia Woolf
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"His wife was dying; but she did not die. She was better today; would be worse tomorrow; a new nurse was coming; and so it went on.... One of these days - that was his euphemism for the time when his wife was dead - he would..."

Oh dear ? I'm really enjoying this one.

batsy Ha 😆 8mo
Tanisha_A Aha! Virginia! ♥️ 8mo
Suet624 Yup. And so it goes. I love this photo. 7mo
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Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thanks. It‘s a wood plank at a lake,green water below. Looks very abstract, doesn‘t it? Greetings! 7mo
Suet624 Oh! I see now that it‘s water! It‘s lovely. Greetings to you as well. 😁 7mo
Aimeesue Great photo! 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue Thanks! 👍 7mo
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Strangeville | Kenneth Tingle
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A very strange thing happened to me last night. I saw that there was activity on my litsy account. I thought, I haven't posted in weeks. Maybe someone tagged me. Well, there was a post by me on a book I haven't read! The text was all giberish. The "machine" posted for me!!!! I deleted it but it still scares me. Social media is getting out of control. (Picture: Wilhelms memorial church in Berlin. One of the most beautiful prayer halls I know.)

LeahBergen Really? That‘s bizarre! 8mo
Izai.Amorim Maybe I shouldn't have deleted. But it was really weird. 8mo
merelybookish I saw it. It seemed out of character. 😬 8mo
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Cathythoughts That‘s very strange ... and kind of scarey... we better keep an eye out. I‘m sorry this happened to you ♥️👍🏻 8mo
batsy Oh dear 😯 8mo
Tanisha_A 😰 8mo
Cinfhen Wait?!? What!!!! That‘s creepy!!!! 8mo
Cinfhen Glad to see YOU back 8mo
Mimi28 Weird and scary 8mo
Izai.Amorim @merelybookish I'm glad I have a witness! 8mo
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts @batsy @Tanisha_A @Cinfhen @Mimi28 @merelybookish It's dangerous for your reputation if the machine posts stuff in your name. I have by accident called people with my mobile in my pocket (pressed the redial button). But to do a blurb on litsy you must press a lot of buttons in a sequence, can't happen by accident, especially if the phone is being charged.🤔 (edited) 8mo
Lcsmcat Did you notify @TimSpalding ? They ought to be aware of this! 8mo
TimSpalding I'm going looking now. I'll let you know what I find. Are there any complications here—like you have multiple accounts? (edited) 8mo
Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding No, I only have this one account. Never had the issue before. The text had a different, greenish color, looked like code. 8mo
TimSpalding Okay, so I can see the post, and that you deleted it six minutes after it was added. The post was about a book "Bait" by "M. Mabie." The title itself was added in 2016 and had only one review, deleted in 2017. The review text you had was "By Far was very ". (This is the only time that text has been used.) I can see it drew two likes. Presumably this is how you noticed it? 8mo
TimSpalding That's about the best I can do without my server guy on today. With his help it may be possible to find the request in recent server logs before they're rolled over, and thereby get the IP address of it. At the moment, my guess is that this was equivalent to what is known as the "butt dial." But I'll look for more data. 8mo
TimSpalding "No, I only have this one account. Never had the issue before. The text had a different, greenish color, looked like code."

Hmm. The text of the review? That's very odd. Honestly, I don't think the app can DO that. Hmm. Okay, I'll pass this to my colleagues to think about too. Oh, BTW, are you iOS or Android?
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Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding I have both but I saw it on Android. Well, it was very late so don't worry to much about color. There was no proper review text only a lot of words without a meaning and some special characters like $#& Looked like randomly generated machine text. 8mo
Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding I noticed because I got Likes on it 😁 8mo
TimSpalding @Izai.Amorim Hmmm. Okay. The text in the actual database is simple. But it's possible that the delete action stripped it away somehow. Anyway, I'll look more and ask. I did look at recent posts and I'm not seeing anything similarly odd. 8mo
TimSpalding Okay, I've looked at the server logs and, unfortunately, they're rolled over at midnight, missing this interaction. 8mo
Izai.Amorim @TimSpalding If it ever happens again I won't delete it and message you. Maybe it was an Easter egg! Might be a sign of look. Will buy a lottery ticket. Have a good day. 8mo
DivineDiana Just seeing this post. So strange! Glad it was reported! 7mo
Izai.Amorim @DivineDiana software bugs. How are you and the sisters? I‘m thinking about doing a weekend trip to Istanbul sometime in the spring. 7mo
DivineDiana Thank you for asking! All are well! My brother in law is actually visiting his mother in Istanbul now! Your trip sounds lovely! One day, I‘ll make it there! 7mo
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Good morning, everybody. Sun is shining in Berlin today.

julesG Good Morning! Blow a bit of sunshine to NRW, it's overcast and grey again. 9mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ! Good morning 🌞 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good morning! Looks like beautiful weather today. 9mo
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Tanisha_A Beautiful! 9mo
LauraBeth Well that‘s beautiful! 9mo
TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 9mo
Anna40 Good morning! 9mo
sisilia I‘m hoping to visit one day🤞🏻 9mo
Izai.Amorim @sisilia it would be great to meet you! 8mo
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Just reread this very short book by German author Heinrich Böll. A masterpiece. About how the yellow press destroys the reputation of a young woman. His other book The Clown is also excellent. Two of my favorite books.

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20 Facts:
1.Northeastern Brazil
2.Roots: Portuguese (Sephardic Jews?) + indigenous people
3.Grew up in dictatorship
4.Early orphan (father)
5.Spiritual, not religious
6.Calvinist upbringing (mother)
7.Leftwing
8.Germany: live
9.Portugal: will retire
10.Istanbul: love
11.Fluent: 3 tongues
12.Wife, 2 kids
13.Love music &movies
14.Write literary fiction
15.Soon 56 years old
16.Whisky, no ice
17.No car
18.No Alexa
19.No TBR
20.No regrets

TrishB Great list 👍🏻 9mo
Smrloomis Great, but wait how do you cope without a TBR??? 😂 I don‘t think I could survive! 9mo
LeahBergen The last four!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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Izai.Amorim @TrishB thank you! #21 Klopp & Liverpool fan! 🏆🏆 9mo
Izai.Amorim @Smrloomis I felt oppressed by it. Felt I was neglecting my duties. Now I feel liberated. I know it's a kind of agnostic thing here on litsy but I had to confess it! Hope people will still talk to me 😂 9mo
Izai.Amorim @LeahBergen Alexa was created by men so that they can finally have a woman who says yes to all their commands. Not sure what it will do to boys growing up around one. 9mo
TrishB ⚽️😁 9mo
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 9mo
batsy I'm with you on 16, 17, 18 🙌🏽 however my TBR seems to be ruling me 😂 9mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy I know yhe feeling. Remember, the TB R is big enough to take care of itself! 😂 9mo
Smrloomis @Izai.Amorim 😂 whatever works is what I say. I would be sad without mine but I don‘t feel the need to follow it at all, so it‘s not a problem for me 👍🏽 9mo
LauraBeth I‘ve been very tempted to just walk away from my TBR list. 9mo
Izai.Amorim @LauraBeth To me it was liberating. I have what I call a “borderline collection addiction” and just kept piling on. Then the feeling, boy I‘m late, hurry up, so many books to read.... Like a former alcoholic, now I live one book at a time. But I don‘t want to influence you 😁 9mo
Aimeesue I have no TBR list, either, just shelves full of yet to be read books that I might read someday if the mood strikes me. I don‘t do readathons either. I don‘t like to boss myself around with arbitrary rules. 😁 9mo
Izai.Amorim Soul mate! Yes, I never threw the books away and every now and then I read one, but most will never be read, and it's ok. Reading is a pleasure, I don't have much time for it, so I try to enjoy it as much as can. Artificial pressure kills the joy. 9mo
sisilia I‘m with you on 7, 17, 18 😁 I have massive amount of books looking sad, waiting for me to read them, and yes TBR list can be immidating. I dont have a specific list, just one on Goodreads that I somehow created. I read when I‘m in the mood, not because I must finish reading something. That works better for me so I dont feel guilty when life/work gets hectic sometimes 9mo
Suet624 Shoot. How did I miss your posts? And especially this one! I have been trying to come up with my list of 20 things and immediately become shy. Still haven‘t done it. I have shelves of books to read and call them my TBR but generally I run to the library and grab books instead of reading my own. So can my books actually be classified as TBR? 8mo
Suet624 And Alexa? NFW. just one more app that can report me to authorities. 8mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 I'd say that if you don't feel the obligation or the pressure to read them, then they're only books. 8mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 If you have gone through number 3 (growing up in a dictatorship), then Alexa is a no go. 8mo
Suet624 Good point on books just being books. And yes, I can imagine. Although I‘m afraid with smart 📺‘s and smart phones we might be doomed. 8mo
Annl I have been strolling back through some people‘s posts. I saw this about TBR lists and I can say I don‘t really have one per say. But, I do use the “to read” list on Litsy to keep a list of books which I would like to read, because sometimes I can‘t remember a book which I read about or someone told me about. The books which I really want to read, I take a photo of and keep in my photos on my phone. Your photos are beautiful! 7mo
Izai.Amorim @Annl Thank you. That's West Berlin. The ruin you see is the Wilhelm Memorial church. They didn't rebuild it after the war. They built the low round church instead. It's very beautiful inside, all blue light and it has a tasteful modern crussifix. I posted a picture. 7mo
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House of Cards | Michael Dobbs
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I read the trilogy. First book was excellent. Second one was unconvincing and the way it ended let me wonder how could a third book follow. Well, it was possible by ignoring that end, as if it never happened. Third one was more of a thriller than politics. Also a very unconvincing plot. All in all, another example for why people shouldn‘t write series or trilogies unless they have figured out everything before they begin. Read the first one only.

sisilia The same feeling when I read the Hunger Games trilogy 9mo
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"The Stalin regime... all facts that didn't agree with the official fiction were treated as non-facts... Succeeded in destroying whatever measure of competence and technical know how the country had acquired..."
Sounds familiar? Great book, published 1951.

TrishB Fake news.....😔 great new pic 👍🏻 9mo
Izai.Amorim @TrishB Thanks. Outside Munich. Some snow for a change! 9mo
Lcsmcat Lovely photo! Great to see you back on Litsy! (edited) 9mo
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Izai.Amorim @Lcsmcat Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙏 9mo
sprainedbrain So pretty! And yes, the words are painfully familiar. 😥 9mo
batsy That's just gorgeous ❄️ 9mo
Izai.Amorim @sprainedbrain @batsy Thank you. It was a very pleasant day. 9mo
LauraBeth Sounds scarily familiar 😿 That snow looks spectacular! 9mo
Lynnsoprano Interesting juxtaposition: beautiful picture and scary words. 9mo
Izai.Amorim @Lynnsoprano @LauraBeth Yes, one can say a lot of bad things about Bavaria but not that they don't have a wonderful countryside with all the mountains and lakes. The most scary thing about Totalitarism is that most people don't seem to care, too distracted by the theatrics... Hoping for the best! 9mo
Suet624 A frightening time we”re in and this quote says it all. 9mo
MayJasper Great to see you back Izai. I am starting to think my whole nation is driving each other mad with 'Brexit'. It is some sort of self-inflicted torture. 9mo
Izai.Amorim @MayJasper thanks! I follow the soap opera from here. It's making everyone crazy on the continent as well. It seems like they need some adult supervision... 😂 Hotel Brexifornia, you can negotiate any time you want but you can never leave... 9mo
MayJasper If only Hotel Brexifornia were true. It would suit me to never leave. Our negotiating politicians would be gradually taken away in straight jackets to a place of safety. We could put some technocrats in charge and we could all go back to arguing about football. It gets my vote 😂 9mo
Izai.Amorim @MayJasper I wish it won't happen. That would be almost criminal. Incredible how and internal Tory party disease could spread to the rest of the country. Let's hope for the best. 👍👍 9mo
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Happy New Year to everyone! May 2019 be a good year!

Anna40 Happy New Year to you too! 9mo
batsy Wishing you a lovely 2019 🎉💫 9mo
BarbaraBB Happy new year, hope you‘ll keep coming back to Litsy! Is that Berlin in the picture? 9mo
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Simona Happy New Year to you too❣️🍾🥂 9mo
Tanisha_A Happy and peaceful 2019! 🎈 9mo
Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB Thanks . This is Munich. 9mo
Izai.Amorim @Tanisha_A same to you!! 🍾🍾 9mo
Izai.Amorim @Simona Thanks! 🍾🍾 9mo
Izai.Amorim @batsy thank you! 9mo
sprainedbrain Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
Suet624 Hi! What a beautiful picture! What are you reading now? And how are things going for you? 9mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Hi there Sue! I hope you're well! I'm fine, thanks. I just started my first Hannah Arendt, The Origins Of Totalitarism. The lady rocks! The book was published in 1951 but is so relevant to our days, kind of scary how some stuff never goes away. I hope to be more active here this year. 9mo
Suet624 I forgot to respond! I was thinking about this book because it used to be on my parents bookshelf and they used to talk about it a lot and then I drifted away from my computer and forgot to actually write back to you. I‘m glad you‘re doing well and I‘m especially happy to hear you‘ll be on Litsy more this year. 💕💕 9mo
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The Second World War | John Keegan
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It took me very long to find one: a facade with bullets holes. The Russians left their mark when they took Berlin in 1945. Until the mid 1990s one could see a lot of buildings like this one. Now their facades have all gotten a facelift. The wall was also torn down. I can understand why people crave normality but I dislike witnessing history bring wiped out.

sprainedbrain Wow. Such a powerful photo. 11mo
julesG I remember the houses with bullet holes in east Berlin. I used to visit my godmother, who lives in Berlin, nearly every summer between 1984 and 1989. I asked her about the "pock marks" in one particular building where we went twice a week to help an elderly woman. My godmother just said it was from the war and reminded me not to talk about it with the old woman. *sigh* I could have learned so much. 11mo
Cathythoughts Speechless ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
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Tamra It‘s a tough subject sometimes. I can see both sides of the argument. On the other hand, I have no problem with removing racist relics from the past and it isn‘t just in the south. In our MN capital we have a statue of someone who fought in the civil war, but he also participated in a massacre of Native Americans. I‘d have no problem removing it. 11mo
Tamra I should add not that I want to cover up history, but I also don‘t want to honor despicable acts or people. Now I just thought about Frump monuments - 🤢🙀😹 11mo
Izai.Amorim @Tamra @julesG War is a terrible thing and WW2 was apocalyptic. But something very good came out of it: the European Union. Since then we‘ve had peace and prosperity in Europe. The EU is above all a peace project, not an economic one. If we still had war ruins all over Europe to remind people of that, populists wouldn‘t get that many votes. Brexit and stuff can only happen because people have forgotten. That‘s my issue with the facelifts. 11mo
Tamra @Izai.Amorim I totally get it. 11mo
Izai.Amorim @Tamra In my opinion monuments aren't about history but storytelling, biased and one-sided. Many are truly offensive and should be removed but not destroyed or simply relocated. They belong inside a museum, department of "History of Political Discourse" or "History of Racism ." Put in the right context with enough background information, people could still learn from them. (But is there really the wish to learn from the past?)? 11mo
Tamra @Izai.Amorim I agree, having a collection in a location for people to choose to explore is better than a public place of honor. But then yes, will people choose to learn? 11mo
DivineDiana Good to see you back! 🙂 11mo
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I got the tagged book for my flight home. Had never heard about the author. He was governor of Canada! Diplomat and writer. The first book of the trilogy was written one hundred years ago, a spy story. Very curious about this "James Bond".

LeahBergen I have The 39 Steps waiting on my shelves. 13mo
Izai.Amorim @LeahBergen It‘s the first one in the trilogy. 13mo
BarbaraBB Haven‘t seen you for a while. Hope all is well! 12mo
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Izai.Amorim @BarbaraBB Thanks for coming by and checking. I hadn't realized I have been away for so long. A lot of stuff happening but at least there is light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you're fine. 12mo
CouronneDhiver Been awhile... how are you? 11mo
Izai.Amorim @CouronneDhiver Thanks for asking. I'm fine, thanks. It was a tough year and I didn't have much time for anything including social media. I haven't read much, when I have free time I write. But soon my manuscript will be done and I'll be more active here. How about you? How's life in Canada at the moment? 11mo
LauraBeth Just came by to see how you‘re doing! 👋 11mo
Izai.Amorim Hi there @LauraBeth long time no see. All in all I'm fine, thanks. A lot of stuff happening to me and around me but I'm keeping my cool and trying to make the best out of things. As they say, a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. How are you and family? How's daughter? Mine has moved to Scotland (college) and I miss her a lot. Son is finishing school next summer... They grow up quicker than we think. 11mo
LauraBeth I‘m sure you‘ll emerge out of that mess better than before! Scotland?! 🙀 That‘s what you get for raising smart and independent kids 😀. My daughter started high school this year. We‘re ready for her and her attitude to leave 😂 11mo
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Oddity | Sarah Cannon
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From the series "skills you need to develop when traveling and then later forget": How do you wash your hands with warm water? You move them very quickly from left to right to left to right... It probably there is a very logical explanation why you need 2 faucets but I can't figure it out. ??

GingerAntics I‘ve never been able to figure that one out either. 13mo
Aimeesue Different plumbing system. Hot water comes from the water heater, which is fed by a water storage tank which may not be safe to drink (algae, bugs, mice on occasion) Cold water comes right from the water main, so is safe. Lots of places just haven't updated the plumbing. 13mo
umbrellagirl Fill the basin from both. 13mo
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sprainedbrain Ha! I‘ve always been confused by this type of faucet! 13mo
Sarah83 My favourite "sport" ??? 13mo
Izai.Amorim @GingerAntics @umbrellagirl @sprainedbrain @Sarah83 Good to know that I'm not the only one 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue It makes a lot of sense seeing from this perspective. Thanks! 13mo
Sarah83 😁👍 13mo
Aimeesue @Izai.Amorim I have this thing where, if people ask, in an astonished tone of voice, "That makes no sense! WHY would you do that?" about absolutely anything, I'm almost compelled to find out what the reasoning was. Its usually something very practical and it's always interesting! ? 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue so you're slowly becoming an expert on the mysteries of life! 😀👍👍 13mo
Aimeesue @Izai.Amorim A repository of completely useless knowledge, more like. 😂😂😂 13mo
GingerAntics @Aimeesue oooooooh, okay that makes sense. I never knew that. I love some good useless knowledge, too. No idea why. It‘s just fun to pop out some trivia every now and then. 13mo
Aimeesue @GingerAntics My grandfather was an engineer, and apparently I inherited his curiosity about …everything. How stuff works, Why this material is better than that, Why things were put together that way. It's an exercise in empathy, history, economics and behavioral economics and I use that outlook every single day. I work for people with autism. Often, the way they act/react doesn't make "sense" to others. I try to figure it out and?? 13mo
Aimeesue "Interpret" for people who can't tell others WHY so that other people can understand and change whatever it is that they're doing that's causing the "problem." I love my job. ? 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue Oh, I'm also a big fan of so-called useless knowledge. Like how calenders are calculated, why Easter is early/late this year, why so many Asians can't drink much alcohol, etc. There is always a plausible explanation if you dig deep enough, sometimes historical. It's much fun! 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Aimeesue I also come from a family of engineers and studied myself civil engineering and architecture. I'm the one in the family in charge of logistics, packing stuff, and assembling furniture. 😀 13mo
Suet624 I see that @Aimeesue has provided you with the answer. Apparently I‘ve lived in way too many old houses because two faucets made total sense to me. 13mo
Suet624 And why can‘t Asians drink much alcohol? 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 They were smart enough to find out that if they boil the water, it becomes safe to drink. Even smarter to add leaves to make it taste well. They developed a tea culture. We were stupid, only figured out that alcohol is safe to drink, went for wine and beer. The ones who couldn‘t stand alcohol died out, poisoned by Flint tap water. The Asians didn‘t go through this natural selection process so didn‘t need to develop tolerance to alcohol... 13mo
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After more than 3 decades, back in Scottland, helping my daughter move into her dorm. What a great place! Scotts are so gentle and kind, and have such a nice accent! I have to come back with more time...

DivineDiana Happy move in day! 13mo
Izai.Amorim @DivineDiana Thanks! It's been a lot of work (shopping for stuff) and we aren't done yet but almost there! 13mo
GingerAntics I have to agree about the Scottish accent. I love finding other people who appreciate it, but it always makes me chuckle, too. Every Scottish person I know always says they can‘t get Siri to understand them. lol I hope your daughter enjoys the start of school. 13mo
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Izai.Amorim @GingerAntics It's not always easy or possible to understand but it's so charming that you can't get mad at them 😂. My daughter is loving everything. 13mo
GingerAntics I‘ll give you that. So much variation depending upon what part of the country a person is from. 13mo
TrishB Hope all goes well for her 👍🏻 13mo
Izai.Amorim @TrishB thank you! 13mo
Cathythoughts I‘m a big fan of the Scottish accent too. I‘ve never been to Scotland... but soon 👍🏻. What a great experience for your daughter ❤️ 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts Thank you. I wonder if after 4 years she'll pick some of the accent up. 13mo
Suet624 How are you dealing with your daughter going off to school? I was a mess! 13mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 She left home last year for a gap year in London so we had time to get used to it. It was very depressing, a big hole in our lives. But she‘s very happy there and that‘s what matters. Thanks for asking! 13mo
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Doggy Bag | Ronald Sukenick
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Taking Skip for a ride. (I must buy my friend a proper dog bag...)
So the summer is slowly coming to an end. I don't remember having 4 months of continuous sunshine and no rain in all the time I've lived here. Could get used to it....

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Summit: A Novel | Harry Farthing
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4/4 View from the top, looking south: the Alps and Lake Kochel.

Lynnsoprano Beautiful! 1y
Lcsmcat Beautiful! 1y
Suet624 Oh my gosh. How beautiful. 1y
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DivineDiana Magnificent! 1y
Cathythoughts 💙heavenly 1y
Sue Wow, gorgeous! 1y
merelybookish That is beautiful. Lucky, lucky you! 1y
batsy Wow. That must have been something 💙 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Breathtaking 💙 1y
Tanisha_A WhatAView! Lovely! 1y
Anna40 Beautiful 1y
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The Wall | Marlen Haushofer
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3/4 Benediktenwand at sunset. The red is just the reflection of sun light. Isn't it gorgeous? Some brave souls climb this wall. We took the serpentine trail to the top. (The white dot you see is the dog of previous post taking a leak 😂)

Suet624 💕💕 1y
hilded Beautiful :) The tagged book is also wonderful! 1y
Izai.Amorim @hilded I‘ll try the book, too. 14mo
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Superdog | Jenny Dale
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2/4 A role model to all car-chasing dogs of Litsy!
Says owner, "Up to 2000 meters I always take him with me."
Says dog, " I have style, I only pee on Alpine walls."
Says me, "Holy shit, what's next, flying pigs?"

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Cabin | Natasha Preston
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1/4 Our first (and last) hiking tour this year. We spent the night at this very nice cabin. They even had hot water!

Samplergal Looks wonderful! 1y
Suet624 Thanks so much for sharing all your photos. Loved seeing them. 1y
saresmoore Gorgeous! 1y
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Izai.Amorim @Suet624 It was a pleasure. I hope you‘re well and that Lyme has given you a break. Congratulations to the primaries. Vermont writing history again! 14mo
Suet624 What a lovely message to wake up to. Doing a new treatment for the Lyme. Can‘t tell if it‘s working but it‘s making my hair fall out. Just adding insult to injury. 😒 I‘m so surprised you know about our primaries! Yup, Vermonters ... gotta love ‘em. Not sure she can win - incumbents rarely lose here but she‘s a very credible candidate. I hope you are well and things are feeling a bit easier for you. 14mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 At this very moment I'm very fine because I'm doing what I love the most: writing. I'm sitting in an almost empty library in Berlin and working on my manuscript. The last 1/4 of it. It's a family portrait (my fa mily) from 1889 to 1989. I'm now in 1964. It's a tough book because it's not funny I prefer commedy. But I have to get it out of my system! Wish you strength! You'll beat Lyme. Vermont rocks! 14mo
Suet624 I‘m so impressed by the dedication required to write, especially during the tough bits. Especially happy to hear you‘re doing what you love. 💕 if you ever want to visit Vermont let me know! I‘m a better than average tour guide. 😁 14mo
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thank you so much for your kind offer! One day I‘ll make it! 14mo
Suet624 Awesome!! 14mo
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Jubiab: Spanish | Jorge Amado
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Just started the tagged title. So far so good... Very folkloric 😂 (Pictured the former US listening station in West Berlin. It's s shame they're letting it rot. It should be preserved as a monument.)

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Fridays with the Wizards | Jessica Day George
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Thanks @erzascarletbookgasm for the tag
1 You guys
2 Three, unless you're Portuguese, they pronouce all long words with two syllables 😂 ( @huntersmom1977 @bobregina )
3 Litsy only
4 Ride a bike to Teufelzberg, have a beer and watch the view. There's a former US listening station on this hill, which is made of rubble from all those bombed-out buildings... The US spyied on the East Block from here. Pre-internet days.
5 Whoever wants to join.

erzascarletbookgasm 4. 👍 enjoy! 🚴‍♂️ ⛰ 🍺 1y
huntersmom1977 Lol! So true. Me and my mom got a good giggle out of this. 🤣 1y
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The tagged book (nonfiction, doorstopper) is about Walter Benjamin and his unfinished Passages work. I have to think about it every time l come here to the new Walter Benjamin square. The colonnade, the fake 1930's architecture. What would he say about the place? In my opinion a marvelous urban space, unknown and not frequented by tourists. A great place to spend the evening.

Tanisha_A Looks peaceful. Think I would like to sit here for a while. 1y
saresmoore This is a lovely photo. It seems you captured the essence of the place pretty well. 1y
DivineDiana I love this atmospheric photograph! 1y
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Izai.Amorim @Tanisha_A @BarbaraBB @DivineDiana @saresmoore Thank you. This place has become my favorite spot this summer. 1y
Cathythoughts It‘s perfect 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts Another reason to visit Germany! 1y
Suet624 So fun to see where you hang out. 1y
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thanks! Such a great summer this year. Feels like southern Italy! 1y
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Wings of Desire | Arianna Skye
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Himmel über Berlin (Sky above Berlin) yesterday evening. This was the title of a Wim Wenders movie, translated as Wings of Desire. We're having a great summer, one of the best in years, very dry and warm, like our friends across the Channel, only that in the UK they're calling it a "heatwave". ?

TrishB It‘s definitely a heatwave - we went 3 weeks without rain 😂 1y
batsy Beautiful photo! 1y
Tanisha_A Beauty! 😍 1y
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Cathythoughts Stunning pic ❤️ 1y
Jess_Read_This How lovely! 💕 1y
LibrarianJen Don‘t even get me started on dry-warm-heatwaves! 😂 What a lovely picture, Berlin looks so beautiful. 1y
kspenmoll Absolutely gorgeous! 1y
DivineDiana Exquisite sky! Thank you for sharing! 1y
kidamy Wings of Desire is my favorite film. 😍 1y
Izai.Amorim @kidamy Mine too! And now it has become like a documentary about a city that doesn‘t exist anymore , with the wall gone. 1y
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Dog | Michelle Herman
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I wish to present my friend's dog Skip. He eats cucumbers and paprika. I didn't know that dogs could eat raw vegetables.

LeahBergen 😆😆 1y
Cathythoughts I‘m going to show this to Harry & Jack ( our pets) I think they could take a leaf out of Skip‘s book. Skip is adorable 1y
TrishB My dog likes cucumber 😁 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm I didn‘t know either 😄🐶❤️ 1y
JoScho One of my dogs loves healthy food. Fruit is his favorite. Skip is cute! 1y
Aimeesue My lab looooves fruits and veggies. Any kind of melon, peaches, tomatoes, carrots, green beans, peas, and definitely cucumbers. She has never asked for paprika, though! 😄 1y
knittedgnome That's so funny! I had a cat that was obsessed with potatoes! 1y
LibrarianRyan Flib loves carrots and salad. 1y
AmyG That‘s so funny. 1y
sisilia My childhood dog loved chinese cabbage and morning glory 🤪 1y
Izai.Amorim @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm @sisilia @JoScho @Aimeesue @knittedgnome @LibrarianRyan @AmyG Wow, so many different tastes. My childhood dog ate the same food his whole life: rice, mincemeat, and carrots, served warm. Mother cooked a big pot and we warmed the portions. As far as I remember, he never complained about eating the same stuff everyday... 😂 1y
Jess_Read_This My dogs love veggies! They line up whenever they hear the cutting board and the chopping in the kitchen. Bell peppers and peas are their favorites! 1y
DivineDiana Here‘s to a fellow plant eater! 👏🏻🐶🥗 1y
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Couldn‘t resist sharing...

knittedgnome I feel like this sums it right up. 1y
MayJasper It's certainly a crazy world 1y
TrishB Hi 🙋‍♀️ haven‘t seen your posts for a while! 1y
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Izai.Amorim @TrishB I‘ve away for a long time. But I try to catch up once in a while. Still so sorry for Liverpool at CL... So close... 1y
TrishB Thank you 🙏 I know it‘s football and life moves on! 1y
GingerAntics Wow...that is really well done!!! That‘s funny. The reality of it is disturbing, but the art work and photoshop job is really good!!! 1y
Izai.Amorim @GingerAntics I found it a The New Republic. So good! This picture says more than a five-page essay. 1y
AmyG Exactly. I am finding it hard to read today. 1y
GingerAntics Oh it really does!!! 1y
Alfoster 🤪😂😂😂😂 1y
DivineDiana Good to see you back! 😀 1y
Izai.Amorim @DivineDiana Thanks 🙏 1y
BarbaraBB Love it! Where is this? 1y
BarbaraBB Cool! 1y
kspenmoll 🙌🏻 1y
Suet624 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
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Haven't read much in the last weeks...

Sarah83 Miss your posts... 1y
BarbaraBB Me too! 1y
saresmoore Beautiful! 1y
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sprainedbrain Lovely! 1y
Suet624 Looking for you and hoping all is well with you. 1y
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thank you so much for coming by and asking, Sue! I really appreciated that. To know that someone in Vermont thinks about me... These are very tough times, a perfect storm. There are good days and bad days... I've been AWOL for a while but I'll be back, I promise. I hope you're well and having a good summer. Take care! 1y
Suet624 Just checking in again. You are often in my thoughts. Hope all is well. 1y
Izai.Amorim @Suet624 Thank you! 🙏 1y
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Trump's new lawyer. (Goes by the nickname "Badass Bob"). ??

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In Memory | Joshua Sutton
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Metal plates placed on the sidewalk in memory of the people (most of them Jews) who lived in the building before they were deported and murdered by the Nazis. You can find them everywhere in Berlin.

saresmoore That‘s both beautiful and heartbreaking. 1y
MayJasper I didn't know these existed. How heartening to know that people's names are kept in memoriam. 1y
Anna40 In Wiesbaden I saw someone clean and polish them :). 1y
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Reecaspieces Wow! 1y
AmyG My daughter is visiting Berlin in August. My husband‘s mother is from there..she luckily escaped. I am going to tell her to look for these. 1y
Sarah83 Yes. I saw them when I was Berlin. 1y
Izai.Amorim If you know her former address, there might be a plate with her name there. They also honor the ones who managed to flee, who commited suicide top avoid deportation, etc. The records aren't complete, of course, but all that could be found are remembered. 1y
Izai.Amorim @MayJasper @Anna40 @saresmoore @Reecaspieces @Sarah83 There are no guarantees but if you keep the memory alive you might not be tempted to repeat the mistake. 1y
batsy 😔😔😔 1y
Dragon Lest we forget 💔 1y
LeahBergen 💔💔 1y
Cathythoughts Beautifully & respectfully done 🙏🏻❤️ 1y
Suet624 Heartbreaking. 1y
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One thing I love about West Berlin in the summer: it‘s so green it hurts the eyes. Almost all streets have trees.

TrishB Lovely 😁 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Love it! 🌳 1y
Anna40 Love Berlin! :) 1y
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Dragon Looks like a lovely spring day . 😀🐉 1y
Izai.Amorim @Dragon @TrishB @Anna40 @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks. At the moment the weather is just perfect. 1y
LeahBergen It looks wonderful! 1y
Cathythoughts Trees & streets 💚💚💚 1y
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