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What I bought – 16 December 2015

When we were driving out of the town I said, “I hate the corpses of empires, they stink as nothing else. They stink so badly that I cannot believe that even in life they were healthy.” “I do not think you can convince mankind,” said my husband, “that there is not a certain magnificence about a great empire in being.” “Of course there is,” I admitted, “but the hideousness outweighs the beauty. You are not, I hope, going to tell me that they impose laws on lawless people. Empires live by the violation of law.” (Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)
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What I bought – 9 December 2015

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“For the enemy to be recognized and feared, he has to be in your home or on your doorstep. Hence the Jews. Divine providence has given them to us, and so, by God, let us use them, and pray there’s always some Jew to fear and to hate. We need an enemy to give the people hope. Someone said that patriotism is the last refuge of cowards; those without moral principles usually wrap a flag around themselves, and the bastards always talk about the purity of the race. National identity is the last bastion of the dispossessed. But the meaning of identity is now based on hatred, on hatred for those who are not the same. Hatred has to be cultivated as a civic passion. The enemy is the friend of the people. You always want someone to hate in order to feel justified in your own misery. Hatred is the true primordial passion. It is love that’s abnormal. That is why Christ was killed: he spoke against nature. You don’t love someone for your whole life – that impossible hope is the source of adultery, matricide, betrayal of friends … But you can hate someone for your whole life, provided he’s always there to keep your hatred alive. Hatred warms the heart.” (Umberto Eco, from The Prague Cemetery)
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What I bought – 2 December 2015

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We lay very still. I could feel the air around us changing, blooming and shimmering like the air over a scorching road. My heart was speeding, or hers was banging against my chest, I’m not sure. I turned Cassie in my arms and kissed her, and after a moment she kissed me back.

I know I said that I always choose the anticlimactic over the irrevocable, and yes of course what I meant was that I have always been a coward, but I lied: not always, there was that night, there was that one time. (Tana French, from In the Woods)
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Review time! with Hopeless Savages: Break

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“I’m searching for the latest thing, a break in this routine; I’m talkin’ some new kicks, ones like you ain’t never seen”
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Review time! with City of Clowns

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“And it died, smiled, and fell on the ground”
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Review time! with Ashes

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“Angels never know it’s time to close the book and gracefully decline”
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Review time! with Two Brothers

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“We depend on one another; love him, that’s the only way”
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Page-by-page with Dark Knight III: The Master Race: Book One

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Could you feel it coming? Did you think, “You know, this is the kind of comic that Greg likes to turn his baleful eye upon”? Well, you thought correctly. I tried to resist its power, I really did, but I could not, so let’s break it down, page-by-page style!
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Review time! with Abbadon

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“I play for keeps, ’cause I might not make it back”
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Review time! with Ruins

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“Our bones forever in stone, monuments of life”
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Review time! with Oyster War

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“Barrooms spilling sailors all shipwrecked at dawn”
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Review time! with Dixie Vixens: A Lit Cigarette volume 1

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“But it’s a matter of time ’til you get yours, and I get mine; it might not be me but you’re gonna answer to somebody”
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Review time! with First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson

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“There must be one place left in the world where the water’s real and clean”
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Review time! with The Dharma Punks

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“I’m all tied up and my eyes are shut, and these chains I’ve made they’re too tough to cut”
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Review time! with Virgil

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“Down on earth, he held her tight, she held her tight, he held him tight; it was morning, and they’d cried all night”
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