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What I bought – 26 February 2014

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“Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love’s triangles.” (Oscar Wilde, from The Picture of Dorian Gray)
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What I bought – 1 January 2014

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Peter Lake seemed to love her in exactly the way that she loved everything that she knew she would lose. He kissed her, and stroked her, and spoke to her. How surprised she was at what he said. He told her about the city as if it were a live creature, pale and pink, that had a groin and blood and lips. He told her about spring in Prince Street, about the narrow alleys full of flowers, protected by trees, quiet and dark. He told her about the colors in coats and clothes and on the stage and in all kinds of lights, and that their random movement made them come alive. “Prince Street,” he said, “is alive. The buildings are ruddy as flesh. I’ve seen them breathe. I swear it.” He surprised even himself.

He talked to her for hours. He talked himself dry. She leaned back on the pillows, pleased to be naked in front of him, relaxed, calm, smiling. He talked hills. He talked gardens. What he said was so gentle, strong, and full of counterpoint and rhyme, that he was not even sure that it was not singing. And long before he was all talked out and exhausted, she had fallen in love with him. (Mark Helprin, from Winter’s Tale)
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What I bought – 13 November 2013

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But the Gospels actually taught this:

“Before you kill someone, make absolutely sure he isn’t well connected.” (Kurt Vonnegut, from Slaughterhouse-5)
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What I bought – 13 March 2013

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We must harness the revolutionary Poles in the fight against Russia, we must promise the separation of this land from Russia even if it means sacrificing Galicia, so that this giant may be weakened and driven back on Asia, unless the whole earth is not to be sooner or later divided between two powers: the North Americans and the Russians. (Field-Marshal Franz Kuhn von Kuhnenfeld of Austria, 1870)
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What I bought – 13 February 2013

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Sipping drinks on the porch in the sunset, Farsheed Shomloo, an immigration lawyer, pointed to a book on the patio table and told Jim, “You should read this new book about Iran, it’s really interesting.” Jim replied:

“I don’t want to read it. I know the outcome already. In Iran, there is beautiful poetry and everything turns out a disaster. Here the poetry is not so beautiful, but people are free to discover the best in themselves; that’s why America has happy endings. Here it’s a negative system: there is no entrenched despotism, no will to dominate. We immigrants can remake the whole country if we want to. It’s ours for the taking, as if there is a perpetual clean slate where nobody is ever owed anything. I’ll tell you, the Iranian revolution was a disaster for Iran and a success for America, because it brought a lot of talented, ambitious Iranians here. Every time there is a disaster in the Third World, it’s a good thing for America, since the best of the middle class finds its way here.” (Robert Kaplan, from An Empire Wilderness)

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What I bought – 2 January 2013

The writer was pacing. “I have never been a violent man. I don’t believe in violence. Violence does not advance the human condition. Ideas do.”

“Ideas don’t perish in prison cells,” Levanter said. “People do.” (Jerzy Kosinski, from Blind Date)

Don't look, Damian - they're about to make out! She looks comfortable Josephine is ... the Hitcher! This is why you should never snuggle with your child Godzilla versus ... New Age Crystals???? I keep hearing the Batman theme when I look at this cover Triangles are always cryptic! Um, Mara - you got some schmutz there ... 'Her boobs were THIS big!' How does armor slouch like that? That dude is limber!
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What I bought – 7 November 2012

Out of the seven days of creation, four were successful and three were unsuccessful. Only one day held sway and made this world a successful world. That was the seventh day, the day of rest, when the Creator did nothing. (Milorad Pavić, from Landscape Painted with Tea)

See ya! Well, that's freaky Geof Darrow FTMFW! I really dig Ivy's costume Aaaahhhhhhh, Greg Land!!!! Man, Templesmith should do a Batman graphic novel, man! At least this comes out! Blasters ahoy! Don't look in the trunk! It's all about the anthologies! So steampunky! Symbolism! Gotta love the giant hardcovers! Looks groovy! VALUE!
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What I bought – 12 September 2012

He was mingling with people who treated human flesh as pigment, life and death as a canvas, the human spine as an easel, and he could not for the life of him look away from it with all of his being: with most of it, yes, but not with the peeping bit of him. (Paul West*, from The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper)

This is one of the best covers of the year so far There is nothing not awesome about this! You will conform, comrade! Cal's slacks look awfully fancy What is this strange artifact? Iconic! Hey, look, it's back! Oh my dear sweet Jeebus I'm quoted on the back of this book, so you know it's awesome! Come on, son, you don't hold your weapon like that! The last two Season One books have at least LOOKED phenomenal Clones!  They're everywhere! I can't stay mad at DC when they drop shit like this on us!
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What I bought – 25 July 2012

“It’s all right. Keep right on lying to me. That’s what I want you to do.” (Ernest Hemingway, from A Farewell To Arms)

That HAS to be a fire hazard! Time it takes her to braid her hair? Six hours! How nice! A bedtime story! Just when you think it can't get any more insane ... I should walk around with a toe tag on and freak people out Markham just enjoys ... hanging out Not a dream!  Not a hoax! Is Clor praying? You'll be smarter after you read this ... trust me! The end is nigh! This better be worth it! Vampires will be slayed! Nazis will be slayed! Hot welding action!

As you might be able to figure out, there’s a NSFW panel below. No gold star for figuring out which comic it comes from! I just thought it would be better to tell you now!
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What I bought – 27 June 2012

“The question is can you cure the disease before it kills you? Once you set out consciously to cure the disease, as I did even before I knew the word cancer, you run the risk of catching it. Comprende? Whatever you set your mind to, your personal total obsession, this is what kills you. Poetry kills you if you’re a poet, and so on. People choose their death whether they know it or not.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra)

Rejoice! Two in the same week?  Are you kidding me? No, I don't know why the other heroes are on this cover She doesn't need to get dressed to kick ass! FDR doesn't tell good jokes! Well, holy shit Still not the greatest recoloring In Technocolor! Pirate Conan! Wow, the Dodsons managed three whole consecutive issues! Behold my two penis substitutes! I have no idea what the fuck is going on with this comic anymore This will be good, right? Eddie Campbell is weird It's all olde-tyme! Keep lookin' ...
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What I bought – 16 May 2012

It is demonstrably plain that, were the whole matter of victualling the world on a non-national footing taken right out of the hands of the strutting male and handed over to a dozen sensible women who do not want to have their children killed, politics, which are nothing but a glorified form of housekeeping, would long since have been deflated to the problem of running a canteen. (William Gerhardie, from God’s Fifth Column)


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What I bought – 18 April 2012

“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” (Italo Calvino, from Invisible Cities)

So much looming! NAZIS!!!! Oh nos! Will he ever give up the ciggies? Not sold in Germany! Why, Rogue, why? Wockijika-wockijika-wockijika! Old-school! Freaky-deaky! Is he married? Ka-Boom! So much rage! Baron Zemo = Playa! That's some crazy shit, man! That can't be good Nothing is more interesting than Cleveland! Finally! Not enough tits anymore! Well, of course her ass is toward the reader!
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What I bought – 7 March 2012

Above him there was now nothing but the sky – the lofty sky, not clear yet still immeasurably lofty, with gray clouds gliding slowly across it. “How quiet, peaceful, and solemn; not at all as I ran,” thought Prince Andrew — “not as we ran, shouting and fighting, not at all as the gunner and the Frenchman with frightened and angry faces struggled for the mop: how differently do those clouds glide across that lofty infinite sky! How was it I did not see that lofty sky before? And how happy I am to have found it at last! Yes! All is vanity, all falsehood, except that infinite sky. There is nothing, nothing, but that. But even it does not exist, there is nothing but peace and quiet. Thank God! …” (Leo Tolstoy, going all emo, from War and Peace)

Stop it with all the cover text!!! Ka-Blammo! I don't know where that smudge came from, but I don't like it! Good stuff! So many cats! Freaky! Surf's up!
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