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  • Call Me Ishmael

    Herman Melville. “Loomings” in Moby-Dick (1851). Posted May 4, 2014, 4:02 p.m.
    Not ignoring what is good, I am quick to perceive a horror, and could still be social with it — would they let me — since it is but well to be on friendly terms with all the inmates of the place one lodges in.read on
  • The Man That Was Used Up

    Edgar Allan Poe (1839). Posted April 26, 2014, 3:10 p.m.
    “There is nothing at all like it,” he would say; “we are a wonderful people, and live in a wonderful age. Parachutes and rail-roads — man-traps and spring-guns!”read on
  • Bad Today, Worse Tomorrow

    Arthur Schopenhauer. “On the Sufferings of the World” in Parerga und Paralipomena (1851). Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 5:16 p.m.
    It is bad to-day, and it will be worse to-morrow; and so on till the worst of all.read on
  • A Great Awakening Light

    Henry David Thoreau. “Walking” (1862). Posted Feb. 15, 2014, 9:49 a.m.
    It was such a light as we could not have imagined a moment before, and the air also was so warm and serene that nothing was wanting to make a paradise of that meadow.read on
  • A Few Words on the Liveableness of Life

    Robert Louis Stevenson. “An Apology for Idlers” (1877). Posted Feb. 2, 2014, 3:39 p.m.
    Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things. And it is not by any means certain that a man’s business is the most important thing he has to do.read on
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