THE DANGER OF POLITICAL PARTIES

Simone Weil:
The goal of a political party is something vague and unreal. If it were real, it would demand a great effort of attention, for the mind does not easily encompass the concept of the public interest.

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CULTURE, THE WORLD, AND FICTIVE CONSTRUCTIONS

Earlier this week I posted this quotation from Hilary Mantel as a SundaySentence on Mastodon.
As soon as we die, we enter into fiction.

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MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT THE NTBR PILE

Yesterday’s post (From the TBR pile to the NTBR pile) generated some comments from Mastodon participants that have me thinking more about the question whether I should sell or give away some of my books, acknowledging that I’m never going to read all of them.

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THE COST OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH

E.J. Levy:
Truth takes its toll. While lies may fuel conflict, wars are almost always fought in the name of truth, that unbending tool of the ideologue, the tyrant.

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BOOKSTORES, VALUE AND SCARCITY

Jeff Deutsch:
Value increases with scarcity. But scarcity can also result from our undervaluing something of great value.

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FROM THE TBR PILE TO THE NTBR PILE

For the last six months or so, I’ve been more strategic than I was before not only about deciding which books I want to read but also about reading them.

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