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manifestsanity

Joined June 2016

Discombobulated Absurdist Seeking Enlightenment
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A Fighting Chance | Elizabeth Warren
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Elizabeth Warren's policy initiatives are crushing it. She speaks truth to corrupt power. I am a fervent supporter of her campaign for president. She is outspoken, whip smart, and takes no shit. This autobiography is an inspiring portrait of a college dropout who became a Harvard professor, the daughter of a janitor who became a senator. I am so excited for her candidacy and hope ya'll dig in. 2020 is right around the corner! The future is now.

Weaponxgirl Is she the one who‘s refusing to do Fox News townhall events? (I‘m a Brit excuse the ignorance) because everything that was said about that was amazing! 1mo
Blaire I agree. She is wonderful!! Thoughtful policies, really looking out for those who most need help. 1mo
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For those of you that can't wait until 2020 for Book 2, there is a My Favorite Thing Is Monsters comic in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. It consists of shorts, memoirs, and Emil Ferris's amazing artwork. Ferris's bout with illness that led to the book's creation is a triumphant story.

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Brushing up on current events. Manafort, Cohen, Stone. There is a cancer on the presidency and this well researched book unravels the treasonous plot of this absurd group of criminals and fame whores.

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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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readordierachel I liked that part, too 😊 5mo
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Timequake | Kurt Vonnegut
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It was great to revisit Vonnegut's absurd funhouse. He had abandoned a novel that refused to work and deconstructs it via rambling memoir. The concept of this failed novel is that a fart in the time space continuum causes the years 1991-2001 to repeat and everyone goes through them on autopilot. This book was written years before 9/11. Vonnegut is a cantankerous prophet and this was an enjoyable trip back to his universe.

tjwill I think I need to reread it sometime! 5mo
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My favorite books of 2018. Some old, some new. Happy New Year!

Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🥳🥳 6mo
batsy Happy New Year! The Pullman and Moshfegh books 👍🏽 6mo
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2018 Year End Roundup:

Best Nonfiction:

Sapiens & Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari

Best Fiction:

My Year of Rest & Relaxation - Ottessa Moshfegh

Best Series:

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Best Essay:

Beastie Revolution - Luc Sante, Beastie Boys Book

Dumbest Book:

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing - Hank Green

Best Debut:

Severance - Ling Ma

Best Audio:

Beastie Boys Book

Best Classic:

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

Kimzey Thanks for the recommendations. Happy New Year! 6mo
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Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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Luc Sante's essay "Beastie Revolution" from the "Beastie Boys Book" is one of the most fantastic pieces of cultural criticism I have read in ages. A phantasmagoric portrait of late 70s/early 80s NYC: the birth of hip hop, punk, and new wave. A vibrant snapshot of city life and the art scene that flourished amidst the rubble of a decadent and decaying urban landscape. So amazing. This book is marvelous.

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A masterpiece of thought that will make you question everything. Imagine Karl Marx by way of Douglas Adams or the tragic foibles of civilization through the satirical lens of The Simpsons. This is human history as a comedy of errors, a series of unfortunate events. Was the agrarian revolution a mistake? Does the soul exist? Is happiness the ideal? This is not just some time's arrow textbook, it is a philosophical quest, a manifesto in ethics.

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One of the most fascinating pieces of philosophy, anthropology, political theory, and speculative science I have ever read. This book is also funny as hell. What could have been dry, academic, and crusty is hilarious and vividly alive with examples from pop culture. A mind blowing jaunt through mankind's traumatic history and uncertain future. A challenging and brilliant book that is comedy rather than tragedy.

Trashcanman Great review, I enjoyed it as well. 7mo
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Happy autumn. Fall has finally hit hit the mid-Atlantic. I even enjoyed biscuits and apple butter for breakfast. Haven't been posting much lately, but I've read a few good books that I'll get around to reviewing later. I've also been reading a lot of books about comedians to research a project I've wanted to write for years. Best wishes for the season!

LeahBergen Happy Autumn! 🍁 8mo
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I am so proud that Baltimore has eliminated fines from its public library system. This is a huge step forward in making access to books and media a right for all without the stigma of fees and debt. Bravo.

ReadingSusan My library doesn‘t even do due dates! We are on the honor system. 9mo
Lcsmcat ❤️ the Enoch Pratt! 9mo
Reviewsbylola My library started doing this a year or two ago. I‘ve unfortunately seen a few people tale advantage of it but I think it‘s a good thing overall! 9mo
Samplergal Love Enoch Pratt. I always loved going there. Miss it and the Librarian. She was amazing. 9mo
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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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According to Amazon, hard copies of Saga, Volume 9 aren't available until October 2nd, but it's already up on Hoopla, if anyone is interested.

8little_paws Awesome!! Thanks for the info 9mo
JacqMac I have been saving volume 8. I guess it‘s time to read it. Lol 9mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!!! 9mo
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Vulture took a poll of book critics and posted an extremely thoughtful article: "A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon." Whip smart, argumentative, and dialogue inducing.

http://www.vulture.com/article/best-books-21st-century-so-far.html

Billypar What a great article! I'm always concerned that when the shortcomings of our current literary canon are discussed that some people conclude, 'why even have a canon at all?' But as long as we don't misinterpret it as a 'greatest ever' list, I feel like it's so important to have some common ground as readers, (beyond just the books we studied in high school), to encourage dialogue about these works and their significance. 9mo
Cinfhen Love these graphics ~ now to read the article 9mo
readordierachel What a fantastic image! 9mo
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A character in Ottessa Moshfegh's My Year of Rest and Relaxation orders a McFlurry at a drive thru and I realized that I had never tried one. After several days of thinking about this comestible consumer product, I caved and got one. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, literary fiction made me crave McDonald's. It also made me curious about revisiting Whoopi Goldberg movies and nostalgic for my long lost VHS collection.

AmyG Ha! The Whoopie Goldberg fascination made me chuckle. 9mo
BkClubCare And?! Was it good? 9mo
Joy0201 Man, all those Whoopi Goldberg references took me back! I LOVED that book. 9mo
Joy0201 @BkClubCare McFlurries are life. 9mo
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Just watched the Netflix documentary "The Center Will Not Hold," about the life and work of Joan Didion. A brilliant film directed by Griffin Dunne. So fascinating. Turbulent times, turbulent words. Highly recommended.

Kimberlone So good. Really does justice to Didion‘s beautiful writing. 9mo
Lola I have this downloaded but haven‘t watched it yet-I love her. Griffin is actually her nephew. He was an actor at one time. I loved him with Madonna in Who‘s That Girl :) (edited) 9mo
manifestsanity @Lola Griffin Dunne stars in my favorite Scorsese movie After Hours. 9mo
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Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco
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Greetings from the Outer Banks in North Carolina. On vacation with my wife @EricaCurtis11 the next few days reading on the beach and hoping to crank through my long-TBR'd copy of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Next up: Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand Faces. Enjoy the remainder of the summer. Remember, the best season is right around the corner.

REPollock Woof, that book is so good. Have a great vacation! 10mo
LeahBergen Enjoy! 🍺 10mo
meghan2714 🤓❤ 10mo
UwannaPublishme Have fun on your vacation! 🏖🎉📚📚 10mo
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Survivor: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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I loved this dark comedy about a suicide cult survivor turned Mickey Mouse messiah. It's a grim satire of consumer culture and religion. Don't get frustrated with the beginning. It gets weird and wonderful. Although the protagonist could be frustratingly passive, this commentary on the cult of celebrity has aged well. It's still relevant, twisted, and funny 20 years later. Damn good social commentary.

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This absurd novel was extraordinary, hilarious, and shocking. Artfully crafted, laugh out loud funny, smartly satirical, occasionally disturbing, and downright surreal. Like a lot of literary fiction, it works well as a metaphor without being particularly compelling. It is redeemed by excellent prose, well drawn characters, and phenomenal observations. WARNING: you may be compelled to watch Whoopi Goldberg movies after you read this.

Notafraidofwords Can we talk about the ending ? I need to discuss with someone ? 10mo
Joy0201 I just finished it today. I loved it. 10mo
britt_brooke Nice review! #stacked 10mo
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manifestsanity @Notafraidofwords Of course! I could talk about this book all day. I just finished it and can't stop thinking about how haunting it is. 10mo
Notafraidofwords @manifestsanity I don‘t really know what the ending suggests. That living is approximation to death (9/11). 10mo
manifestsanity @Notafraidofwords I feel like it has a lot to say about representations of human suffering in media, especially female suffering, and turning it into art or entertainment. 10mo
Notafraidofwords @manifestsanity yeah I thought so too. But I wondered how much of seeing suffering awakened something in her. 10mo
manifestsanity @Notafraidofwords I found it quite intriguing how the narrator becomes this artistic rendering, the subject of art as part of the artist's exhibition. She even touches the painting in the museum at the end of the novel. She's a manifestation. Reva becomes a real victim. The self-pitying, self-indulgent narrator looks upon the woman plummeting to her death on 9/11 and calls it beautiful. I found it profound because I keep pondering its implications 10mo
Notafraidofwords @manifestsanity yes.yes. I‘m just trying to find out how I feel about it. B/c ultimately, there‘s artistic value in depicting suffering and then there‘s value and seeing suffering ??? I dont know , I feel so conflicted about this damn book lol 10mo
mrozzz Great review!! 10mo
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I highly recommend this memoir on audio. Posey narrates it herself and it is a true Norma Desmond performance. Whether lamenting the bygone heyday of independent filmmaking or meditating on her youth, family, and aging, this was an eccentric experience like her best roles. Sure, there are some odd diatribes and there's not much gossip, but the audio has canned sound effects and music by Hal Hartley. If that's not enough, I don't know what is.

kyraleseberg The book was a so-so for me; I wish I'd done the audio! 10mo
MaleficentBookDragon Ohhhh. I didn't know about this. I ❤ her. I need this audio book. Thanks for the heads up. 10mo
Cortg Thanks! I‘m always on the hunt for a good audiobook! 10mo
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Great NPR article on Emil Ferris. Her graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters just won 3 Eisner Awards. Such an amazing book. Couldn't recommend it more.

https://www.npr.org/2018/08/03/635407169/every-full-moon-we-can-howl-at-is-a-vic...

SkeletonKey I can‘t waaaait for the second volume! 10mo
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This absurd book is absolutely cracking me up. The satirical humor is so incisive and biting. Plus, thanks to the audiobook, I now know how to properly pronounce the author's name.

Joy0201 I love this book and writer! 10mo
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Twelve Angry Librarians | Miranda James
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After more than 200,000 views of Panos Mourdoukoutas' article stating that Amazon should replace public libraries, Forbes deleted the article in shame. Bravo. Next time, fact check in advance, idiots. Where was the editorial process?

britt_brooke It was such a stupid article. 11mo
TheSpineView Agree! Idiots!😡 11mo
2BR02B I didn't get a chance to read the actual article, but it sounds like the author was a privileged ass. 11mo
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ladym30 No cure for stupid! 11mo
REPollock I saw something on Twitter about how Forbes has an option where if you pay something like $1500 you can publish an article you wrote on their site, and then be able to call yourself a Forbes contributor. And, that‘s what this was? Shitty, regardless. 11mo
readordierachel @2BR02B The article is archived if you want to see it. It's poorly written, poorly argued, and just generally stupid: https://web.archive.org/web/20180722060035/https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmou... 11mo
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I am absolutely loving this prequel to His Dark Materials. I have been reading a lot of trite genre fiction lately that has left me wanting. This is rich, idea driven fantasy with real substance. It's a philosophical espionage story!

bookishbitch I've not read the other books but they are on my the list. Do you think this one would be ok to start with or should I start with The Golden Compass? Sometimes you get more out of a prequel if you read in the order they were written in. 11mo
manifestsanity @bookishbitch You've got to read the original trilogy. This prequel is just the first book in a proposed trilogy. Books 2 & 3 haven't been published yet. His Dark Materials is amazing. Highly recommended! 11mo
bookishbitch @manifestsanity Good to know. Thank you! 11mo
QuintusMarcus I was wondering about this one. Now I'm going to have to read it! 10mo
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On a recent trip to the Netherlands, I snapped a photo of this Fabritius painting at the Mauritshuis in the Hague. I loved this novel. Now it's time for some frites and mayonnaise! #backpackeurope

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I visited Paris recently with my wife and we stopped by Shakespeare and Company. I purchased this book there and had it stamped. It was an awe inspiring trip and this dedication page was extraordinarily appropriate. Such amazing sights.

Merethebookgal I‘d love to visit there someday! 11mo
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American Pastoral | Philip Roth
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Prior to Roth's death, I had only read his novels Portnoy's Complaint and The Counterlife. American Pastoral is a tad meandering with roundabout streams of consciousness, but there are passages of such stark beauty meditating on ethics, responsibility, and duty. I listened to the audiobook narrated by the actor Ron Silver and it was easily the best audio I have listened to since The Nix (and that is saying a lot). Highly recommended.

DivineDiana I wish there was a Litsy feature of “save to audio”! 😉 11mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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THUG is the perfect example of the right book at the right time. This is an honest, human, and funny voice to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. What I loved most is its unflinching portrait of an ordinary family thrust into a political maelstrom. An important book that is tough, raw, and angry, but, ultimately a most hopeful story.

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I absolutely loved this absurd book. It is a surrealist meditation on motherhood, the human body, aging, and loneliness. It was hysterical and so well crafted. When I wasn't in awe of the eeriness of the dreamlike prose, I was laughing. I went in expecting weird and I sure as hell got it. The most thought provoking book I've come across in a long time. Amazing.

laurenbescoby This has reminded me of a brilliant film called 'Me and You and Everyone We Know' that Miranda stared in. Definitely adding this to stack! 14mo
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batsy Oof. So true. Thank you for sharing this. ( @saresmoore @rohit-sawant @Centique — I feel like I need to print this out and stick it on the wall!) 14mo
rohit-sawant Oh wow. That's so on point. Thanks for sharing. This put me in mind of a favorite Ray Bradbury quote. "You only fail if you stop writing." Right there with you @batsy about sticking it on the wall! 14mo
Centique That is awesome! I keep telling myself that it‘s a marathon and not a sprint and to just keep putting one foot in the front of the other. 👍🙂 14mo
saresmoore Oh, yes. So good! I actually will print this out. @batsy @rohit-sawant @Centique I feel a support group coming on. 14mo
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I love Daniel Jose Older's Brooklyn-based urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba. He tackles Star Wars in a new book being published 4/17. Gotta admit. Pretty excited.

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Paper Girls Vol. 4 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Brian K. Vaughan is my favorite comics writer and Paper Girls is totally rad (in 80s parlance). I love this time travel series. Thanks to @britt_brooke for hosting this contest! #PGVol4Giveaway

britt_brooke Thanks for entering! 🤞🏻 1y
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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A lush, evocative piece of Afrofuturism (or should we just call it good ol' fashioned sci-fi) with beautiful prose and striking character development. Honestly, it left me wanting a substantial feature-length adventure for Binti with more plot and less interiority. Looking forward to the next novellas in the series. Okorafor has created a fascinating heroine and built a world. This was just an amuse bouche. Bring on the main course. I'm hungry.

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Judd Apatow's documentary on Garry Shandling is one of the most profound, intimate, and humane pieces of comedic scholarship I have ever come across. Shandling was not only a writer and performer, but a mentor and philosopher. He wrote in his diary, "You realize now that comedy is your soul." This is an amazing investigation into the creative process of an artist. Two interviews with Shandling (30 years apart) are included in Apatow's book.

vivastory Apatow & Shandling were briefly touched upon in this book I read last week, but it seemed like a formative influence 1y
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The Eyes of the Dragon | Stephen King
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Somehow this early work of Stephen King has eluded me all these years and was well worth the discovery. It was especially fun to read echoes of King's other books of the time period: The Dark Tower, Shawshank Redemption, It. Some might call it repetition but I'll file it under "theme." This fantasy novel is a perfect example of the various registers to King's storytelling. I highly recommend this fairy tale of royals, sorcery, and revenge.

DGRachel This is my favorite King! 1y
Ddzmini Love the 🐲 1y
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Girl and the Grove | Eric Smith
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So excited about this ARC. I follow Eric Smith on Twitter (@ericsmithrocks) and he is a truly generous addition to the publishing world. He also has a really cute corgi.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Giant robots? Ancient aliens? Sold! Ludicrous fun but the writing is just lazy. I'll forgive its faults: dull action, boring protagonists, weak epistolary structure. A character actually describes a weapon as "Star Wars meets Lord of the Rings." Christ. Reads like a flat blockbuster screenplay, but it's got story, folks and sometimes that's OK. #themisreadalong

Reggie Lol I saw pick but I didn‘t know where you were going with it. Lol 1y
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12 Monkeys | David Webb Peoples, Janet Peoples
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I wrote an article that was just published in the film journal Bright Wall/Dark Room. The latest issue is dedicated to to the topic of mental health. My piece is about Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, an old favorite I loved revisiting. Just follow the link, if you're interested in reading:

http://www.brightwalldarkroom.com/2018/02/26/sane-insane-places/

LeahBergen Congrats! 👏🏻 1y
BestDogDad Great article! I need to watch 12 Monkeys again. 1y
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A really lovely book that was well worth the substantial investment of time. I was very engaged with the characters in this intimate decade-spanning epic. Although it could be a bit talky, repetitive, and predictable, I highly recommend this humane and generous story.

Jess7 Love. Love. LOVE. This book! 1y
Redwritinghood This is a big book that still seemed to go by too fast for me. Loved it. 1y
Ms_T So, so good ❤️ 1y
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Julian just dropped the bombshell. Holy shit.

britt_brooke Gah, this book is so good!! 1y
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The Amber Spyglass | Philip Pullman
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His Dark Materials is undoubtedly a fantasy adventure series but, most importantly, it is a cogent philosophical argument. Although The Amber Spyglass has the perfunctory epic last battle, dastardly villains, and bittersweet romance, what I will carry away is its themes: humanity's place in the universe, the role of art, religion, and science. Loved these books, loved its worlds. Long live the Republic of Heaven.

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Today SpaceX launched Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket ever launched by the company. It carried a Tesla Roadster with a dummy named Starman. Check out the dashboard: "DON'T PANIC!" The car is bound for Mars orbit.

Scurvygirl 😻😻 1y
bookishbitch I love that so much! 1y
Seekingtardis I hope they packed a towel! 1y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Big friendly letters! 1y
Zelma Love It! 😂 1y
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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This might be the best onomatopoeia of vomiting I have ever come across. Who doesn't love a good umlaut?

CatLass007 😂 1y
Reggie Lolol 1y
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The Subtle Knife | Philip Pullman
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I guess I'm old enough for fairy tales again because I love this series. Pullman has concocted a secular spirituality from art, literature, science, mythology, and philosophy. It's like an anti-authoritarian ethical atheism with phenomenal characters and astounding suspense. Haven't been hooked on a series like this since Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy. Preparing myself for the battle in heaven. How was this off my radar for so long?

hgrimes I just finished this series and had the same sentiments. Sooo freaking good!! I haven‘t read the Magicians series yet, but I‘m planning to start it very soon! 1y
batsy That is a fantastic description of the series 👌 1y
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Saga Vol. 8 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I love this sprawling graphic novel and this is a worthy entry in the series. This would be a great selection for the #LetsGetGraphicWeekLongMarathon. For those that aren't in need of a cliffhanger, l recommend Vaughan's Y: The Last Man or Ex Machina.

RedbagReadbooks @manifestsanity I love the fact that they drew Alana with a little post child pooch. I am curious to see what they do with squire and hazel 😁 1y
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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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I adored this inversion of C.S. Lewis, a sort of anti-clerical Chronicles of Narnia. I am new to His Dark Materials and this was the perfect fantasy for a skeptical adult like me. A blend of industrialization, particle physics, theology, and the age of exploration, this was great. I could practically see the Northern Lights. Listened to the audio, a full cast recording with Pullman as narrator. What a voice. Can't wait for the next book.

Moray_Reads They get better and better 1y
batsy They're the perfect fantasy for skeptical adults, yes. I love the books and feel like I should make time for a re-read... 1y
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Gravity's Rainbow | Thomas Pynchon
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Happy Holidays! First post in weeks. Epic reading slump. I could blame Gravity's Rainbow, but I'm not going to point any fingers, Mr. Pynchon. I came nowhere near my reading goals for the year, but I did lose 40 pounds, biked and hiked 50 trails with my wife, and finished a new draft of my novel. Settling in for a few days off and hopefully some time to read, write, and eat cookies. Best wishes to all my Litsy friends and your families.

Lcsmcat Pretty 🌲! 1y
LauraBeth Sounds like a GREAT year! 1y
RiotMom That sounds like a solid year, even with Gravity‘s Rainbow slowing you down! 1y
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LiteraryinLititz Sounds like you‘ve accomplished so many exciting things! Reading will be here when it‘s the right time for you. 1y
Redwritinghood Sounds like you had a pretty good year! 1y
ephemeralwaltz Happy holidays!❤ 1y
LeahBergen Happy Holidays! ❤️❤️ 1y
REPollock These are great accomplishments! Also, it took my ex a full year to get through Gravity‘s Rainbow. 1y
britt_brooke Those are some amazing accomplishments!! 1y
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SF has a tendency to be a cold, macho genre with an emphasis on action, hardware, and warfare. This is a welcome, warm blooded, and funny exception. It's a character-driven collection of episodic vignettes with exceptional worldbuilding. The military geopolitical events occur in the background, folks. This space opera is about people (no matter what planet you're from). Chambers has concocted a vibrant universe, an excellent canvas for a series.

sebrittain I loved this one! My favorite sci-fi I read this year. I've heard really good things about the sequel as well. 2y
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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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mrozzz 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
britt_brooke 💚💚💚 2y
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Tropic of Capricorn | Henry Miller
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Betty_Bookworm Henry Miller 🖤 2y
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