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Michel Houellebecq’s Itch

On the way from David Icke to Michel we chat about consciousness, knowledge, ego, the dark night of the soul, smashing the idol of the self, ambition or lack thereof, what is meaningful work, the willing participation of the people

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Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ Extract from his Journal

What shall be the substance of my shrift? Adam in the garden, I am to new-name all the beasts of the field and all the gods in the sky. I am to invite men drenched in Time to recover themselves

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Ordinary Men ~ Christopher Browning

This book is worth a read, though some might find it depressing. It is not a literary work, it is a historical research; Browning puts together an account from the men’s own confessions of how one regiment of the Order

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The Empress ~ From Meditations on the Tarot

Source Some Extracts from Tomberg’s work. The third Arcanum, the Empress, is that of sacred magic. Now, there are three kinds of magic: magic where the magician is the instrument of divine power — this is sacred magic; magic where

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(Black Moon Bonus Story) ~ Gesar of Ling defeats Satham of Jang

I downloaded Douglas J Penick’s book The Brilliance of Naked Mind to my new Kindle (thanks, kids!) and this story was in the first few pages. It made my heart soar.   Gesar was a Warrior Hero of Tibet. This

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Tesla and Twain

Nikola Tesla, writing about Mark Twain. “I had hardly completed my course at the Real Gymnasium when I was prostrated with a dangerous illness or rather, a score of them, and my condition became so desperate that I was given

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Bon

It is often said that Tibetan Buddhism is a combination of regular Buddhism and Bon, which gives it a unique flavour. This may or may not be so…But…. what is Bon? Bon was the original native religion of Tibet ~

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Requirements for Membership of the Fianna, according to Fionn MacCumhail (by Flann O’ Brien)

Written in Flann O’ Brien’s brilliant, strange book ”At Swim Two Birds.”  Look out for the seat of your hempen drawers… Sweet to me your voice, said Caolcrodha Mac Morna, relate then the attributes that are to Finn’s people. I

Posted in Books and Literature, Humour, Uncategorized

Self – Reliance ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Extract from the Essay ”Self Reliance” by Emerson..available in full from here http://www.emersoncentral.com/selfreliance.htm To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. A man

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The Crock Of Gold (Extract)

This is a great book by James Stephens. Extract from ”The Coming of Pan”. The next day he fronted her as before, looking down to her eyes from a short distance. He played for only a few moments, and fitfully,

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Fiction – Tipped Out Into The Void

Softly, softly, her vision constricted, as if heavy velvet curtains were being drawn closed, slowly gathered about by an invisible drawstring. These curtains narrowed her vista so that she saw only the head of a single white carnation bobbing on

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The Secret Miracle ~ Jorge Luis Borges

For when you have a spare half hour 🙂 The Secret Miracle by Jorge Luis Borges And God made him die during the course of a hundred years and then He revived him and said: “How long have you been

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Teddy ~ J.D. Salinger

“If I were God, I certainly wouldn’t want people to love me sentimentally. It’s too unreliable.” The whole transcript of the short story ”Teddy” by J.D. Salinger (who wrote The Catcher in the Rye). Worthwhile, when you have a spare half hour

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The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

Can it be Paradise if even one being suffers? Can we live like the emperors of the world on the backs of others? Can we turn a blind eye? The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula le Guin

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A Story Waiting to Pierce You ~ Peter Kingsley

http://somathread.ning.com/groups/the-book-nook/forum/a-story-waiting-to-pierce-you-peter-kingsley I got this book a few weeks ago. It took about an hour or so to read as it is really short, only about 80 pages of large type, and the second half of the book is all the

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Ruth’s Cat

RUTH’S  CAT.     Pedro was crunching an apple as he sauntered across the meadow towards the top of the lane. He had this way of eating stuff that was all tongue and jaws and action – you could see

Posted in Art, Books and Literature, Oddities, Uncategorized
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