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Entries from December 31st, 2010

A Stirring Warmth Flowed From Her – “The Great Gatsby” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

December 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on A Stirring Warmth Flowed From Her – “The Great Gatsby” – F. Scott Fitzgerald · Description, Prose, Writing

a stirring warmth flowed from her as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. Oh, Daisy. She maybe feckless, but she’s difficult not to fall in love with in this book.

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Her Face was Sad and Lovely – “The Great Gatsby” – F Scott Fitzgerald

December 31st, 2010 · Comments Off on Her Face was Sad and Lovely – “The Great Gatsby” – F Scott Fitzgerald · Description, Prose, Writing

Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth—but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since […]

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That Most Limited of All Specialists – “The Great Gatsby” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

December 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on That Most Limited of All Specialists – “The Great Gatsby” – F. Scott Fitzgerald · Criticism, Culture, Quotes

that most limited of all specialists, the “well-rounded man”.

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There was Something Gorgeous About Him – “The Great Gatsby” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

December 30th, 2010 · Comments Off on There was Something Gorgeous About Him – “The Great Gatsby” – F. Scott Fitzgerald · Description, Prose, Writing

If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. This responsiveness had nothing to do with that flabby impressionability which is dignified […]

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Think It Possible You May be Mistaken – “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek

December 29th, 2010 · Comments Off on Think It Possible You May be Mistaken – “Why I Am Not a Conservative” – Freidrick Hayek · Extremism, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics

Oliver Cromwell’s often quoted statement is his Letter to the Assembly of the Church of Scotland, August 3, 1650: “I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.” It is significant that this should be the probably best-remembered saying of the only “dictator” in British history!

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The Beggars in Spain – “Beggars in Spain” – Nancy Kress

December 25th, 2010 · Comments Off on The Beggars in Spain – “Beggars in Spain” – Nancy Kress · Economics, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Policy

“I believe in voluntary trade that is mutually beneficial. That spiritual dignity comes from supporting one’s life through one’s own efforts, and from trading the results of those efforts in mutual cooperation throughout the society. That the symbol of this is the contract. And that we need each other for the fullest, most beneficial trade.” […]

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An Artist’s Needs – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips

December 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on An Artist’s Needs – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips · Art, Criticism, Culture

Only two things you can do for an artist. Give him money and show his stuff. These are the only two impersonal needs.

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There is no Left and Right in Writing – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips

December 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on There is no Left and Right in Writing – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips · Politics, Writing

There is no left and right in writing. There is only good and bad writing….

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What I Skipped in Tolstoy – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips

December 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on What I Skipped in Tolstoy – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips · Criticism, Writing

I can write it like Tolstoi and make the book seem larger, wiser, and all the rest of it. But then I remember that was what I always skipped in Tolstoi….

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Eschew the Monumental – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips

December 23rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Eschew the Monumental – “Ernest Hemingway on Writing” – Larry W. Phillips · Writing

Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.

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