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2024

  • “The only real difference between old-fashioned steam engines and our newfangled ones is instead of burning wood in our boilers, we use coal, gas, or the godlike powers of the very atoms themselves. That’s right: even with the civilization-ending power of nuclear reactors at our disposal, we still mostly just use them to boil us up some water.”


  • I, Claudius

    I, Claudius

    by Robert Graves
    Read: May 25

    “Still? That’s amusing. Nero has it too, I understand. It won’t bring him much luck. And it’s no use arguing with you republicans. You refuse to see that one can no more reintroduce republican government at this stage than one can reimpose primitive feelings of chastity on modern wives and husbands. It’s like trying to turn the shadow back on a sundial: it can’t be done.”


  • “But the secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that could be a short word, every adverb that carries the same meaning that’s already in the verb, every passive construction that leaves the reader unsure of who is doing what—these are the thousand and one adulterants that weaken the strength of a sentence. And they usually occur in proportion to education and rank.”



  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    by Daphne du Maurier
    Read: April 1

  • The Design of Everyday Things

    The Design of Everyday Things

    by Donald A. Norman
    Read: March 9

  • Salem's lot

    Salem's lot *

    by Stephen King
    Read: February 18

  • “If you want to see and understand people well, you have to know what you are looking at. You have to know what a person is. And this traumatic vignette highlights a central truth about what human beings are: A person is a point of view.”



  • Ficciones

    Ficciones

    by Jorge Luis Borges
    Read: January 4

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