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commented on A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles

Amor Towles: A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (Paperback, 2019, Penguin Books) 4 stars

When, in 1922, thirty-year-old Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik …

"One might well draw the conclusion, that a man prone to pacing is a man who will act judiciously -- given the unusual amount of time he has allocated to the consideration of causes and consequences, of ramifications and repercussions. But it had been the Count's experience that men prone to pace are always on the verge of acting impulsively. For while the men who pace are being whipped along be logic, it is a multifaceted sort of logic, which brings them no closer to a clear understanding, or even a state of conviction."

commented on A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles

Amor Towles: A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel (Paperback, 2019, Penguin Books) 4 stars

When, in 1922, thirty-year-old Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik …

”... the existence of our wine list runs counter to the ideals of the Revolution. That it is a monument to the privilege of the nobility, the effeteness of the intelligentsia, and the predatory pricing of speculators... A meeting was held, a vote was taken, an order was handed down... Henceforth, the Boyarsky shall sell only red and white wine with every bottle at a single price."

David Foster Wallace: Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (2005) No rating

Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (2005) is a collection of essays by novelist David …

"It's almost impossible to look away, or not feel that special kind of guilty excitement in the worst, most greedy and indecent parts of yourself. This is why (...) the cruelest forms of reality TV and tabloid news and talk radio generate such numbers. But that doesn't mean the fascination is good, or even feels good. Aren't there parts of ourselves that are just better left unfed?"

finished reading Solito by Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora: Solito (Paperback, 2023, Hogarth) No rating

Trip. My parents started using that word about a year ago—“one day, you’ll take a …

"Nunca sé si estamos en México o La USA. Los dos tienen los mismos arbustos, hay Solitarios y algunos Peluches. En vez de árboles hay piedras..."

"Parecemos pura caja de fósforos. Palitos encima de otros palitos. Un pastel de gente. Yo soy la candela de arriba. El más chiquito de todos que va encima de la alfombra mágica. Soy Aladino y al fin crucé el desierto."

Nathan Schneider, Darija Medic: Governable Spaces (Paperback, en language) No rating

When was the last time you participated in an election for an online group chat …

I think we can build what Ivan Illich called “tools for conviviality”—tools that support “autonomous and creative intercourse among persons, and the intercourse of persons with their environment.” Convivial tools are ones that invite us to be creative and responsible, rather than deferring responsibility to someone else.

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