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A Book From My Last Vacation

On my last trip to Vietnam, on the last real day of being there, I toured the War Remnants Museum.  I was pretty harrowing and ….. Anyway, I ended up going to a bunch of giftshops they had set up … Continue reading

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Musings on Kerouac

I am reading another book on Jack Kerouac, this one called Jack’s Book: An Oral Biography of Jack Kerouac by Barry Gifford and Lawrence Lee. The question I have for myself is why? It isn’t that I dislike the book.  … Continue reading

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On the Bus with Siddhartha

Maybe I’ve written too many posts about encounters with people and their books. While this blog is not Today’s Perfect Books, it isn’t surprising that literature so often creates perfect moments for me.  My degree is in English Literature (all … Continue reading

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The Woman Who Loved Chopin

I find it awesome to meet someone with passion. I don’t always “get” what they’re passionate about, but I respect it.  I find it powerful and somewhat infectious.  You can see the energy rippling off them in waves.  Sometimes it … Continue reading

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“You’re Brilliant,” she said.

I teach adults…kind of. What that means is that I teach people who are either independent, or whose parents felt comfortable enough to send them to a different continent to study English.  I have no complaints about this. Sometimes I … Continue reading

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On a Recent Read

Though the incredible song Heroin is featured in the Movie Apocalypse Now, I can honestly say that the first time I consciously listened to the Velvet Underground was my first weekend in Japan.  My unknown quantity of a roommate had … Continue reading

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On Books

At the beginning of the year, quite a few of the people who qualify as “Facebook friends” wrote about their plans to read 50 books this year.  At the time, this struck me as a rather poor goal.  It wasn’t … Continue reading

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July 25, 2014: A Walk Amongst the Books

I’ve got it in my head to start riding my bicycle again.  As a result, I am doing an overabundance of research.  I say overabundance because I have an older bike, but for reasons not even clear to myself, I … Continue reading

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