Monthly Archives: October 2010

Today’s excerpts

From The Prince by Machiavelli: From this arises the question whether it is better to be loved more than feared, or feared more than loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer … Continue reading

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Excerpts from wikipedia

Like contemporary hunter-gatherers, Paleolithic humans enjoyed an abundance of leisure time unparalleled in both Neolithic farming societies and modern industrial societies. At the end of the Paleolithic, specifically the Middle and or Upper Paleolithic, humans began to produce the earliest … Continue reading

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3. The Lobster

The lines of time are tangled, and people especially so. When I look back on those years some days stand out like lone trees in a field of grass, their branches drooping, casting a shadow in a swath around them. … Continue reading

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I have not told you this, but I revisited the garden on several occasions before the time K asked me that question. And although time was compressed and collapsed in my memory, this much was clear to me. It had … Continue reading

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1. “Who the hell do you think you are?”

I was the first freshman in years to find the little garden. You had to go five blocks east to the park, cut across the front of the statue and part some bushes to find the scramble-path down the hill. … Continue reading

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homework for tuesday

I attended a class that I’m not actually in. I covered the blackboard with strange symbols and fake math. I raised my hand to ask questions about the general philosophy of this teaching arrangement. I mentioned my rights in passing, … Continue reading

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tips for young writers

Discuss the quote: “a tip for young writers: You should live in a tiny room with no internet. The tiny room should be one block from 7-eleven. The internet should exist in a building three blocks from your tiny room. … Continue reading

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