The library, and step on it!

"With Dionysos, the music changes. At the heart itself of life on this earth, alterity is a sudden intrusion of that which alienates us from daily existence, from the normal course of things, from ourselves: disguise, masquerade, drunkenness, play, theatre, and finally trance and ecstatic delirium. Dionysos teaches or compels us to to become other than what we ordinarily are, to experience in this life here below the sensation of escape toward a disconcerting strangeness."
— Jean-Pierre Vernant, “Mortals and Immortals: Collected Essays” (via thymoss)
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"The leading thief glared at the solid stone that had swallowed Mort, and then threw down his knife.
‘Well, —— me,’ he said. ‘A ——ing wizard. I hate ——ing wizards!’
‘You shouldn’t —— them, then,’ muttered one of his henchmen, effortlessly pronouncing a row of dashes."
Mort, Terry Pratchett.
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sand-foam asked: "in what book universe would you choose to live ? for example: Harry Potter. which poet would you like to write about you and why ? and what do you want to be your most memorable character trait ? Enjoy this homework :D"

1. Harry Potter. Horribly predictable? Yes. But I want a Patronus, damn it!

2. Jeannine Hall Gailey. I love her work and she could turn my ever so slightly boring life into something of mythical importance.

3. Genuine kindness, I think. Funny and clever is all very well, but I’d like people to think that I’m a good person, you know? Tough question!

That was fun, thank you!

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MY HOME LIBRARY:

The largest and the smallest book I own.

I bought that copy of Machiavelli’s The Prince in Naples. It’s seriously tiny (7,5 x 6 centimetres).

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"And then they heard the clip-clip of hooves, which boomed rather more loudly around the chilly square than common acoustics should really allow. In fact clip-clop was an astonishingly inaccurate word for the kind of noise which rattled around Mort’s head; clip-clop suggested a rather jolly little pony, quite possibly wearing a straw hat with holes cut out for its ears. An edge to this sound made it very clear that straw hats weren’t an option."
Mort, Terry Pratchett.
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"'Where did you say your business was?' said Lezek. 'Is it far?'
NO FURTHER THAN THE THICKNESS OF A SHADOW, said Death. WHERE THE FIRST PRIMAL CALL WAS, THERE WAS I ALSO. WHERE MAN IS, THERE AM I. WHEN THE LAST LIFE CRAWLS UNDER FREEZING STARS, THERE WILL I BE.
‘Ah,’ said Lezek, ‘you get about a bit then.’"
Mort, Terry Pratchett.
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MY HOME LIBRARY:

Complete works in the same edition.

This was my 2012-2013 project: every time I got a good grade or had done something worth celebrating, I bought one book.

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"There is a rich boy, and this is his and not his brothers’ story. All my life I have lived among his brothers but this one has been my friend. Besides, if I wrote about his brothers I should have to begin by attacking all the lies that the poor have told about the rich and the rich have told about themselves – such a wild structure they have erected that when we pick up a book about the rich, some instinct prepares us for unreality. Even the intelligent and impassioned reporters of life have made the country of the rich as unreal as fairyland.
Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Rich Boy” (Flappers and Philosophers).
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