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Shirley Jackson, Francine Prose
No Logo: No Space, No Choice, No Jobs
Naomi Klein
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"I want to perform an unnatural act."

- Lenny Bruce

"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks

"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin

"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon

Almost, but not quite.

An Off Year - Claire Zulkey

Here's an example of a book in which the supporting characters are more likeable than the main character. Cecily is spoiled, self-pitying, and at times churlish, but she does try to grow by the end of the book. As for me, I was wanting more of her college counselor, who clearly didn't take any of her shit or anyone else's. Why is it that writers often create secondary characters who steal the show? Why not structure a story about them?


Anyway, the pacing is excellent and there are some surprises, but ultimately this fell flat. Maybe it would have worked better as a series (and I think that's the first time I've said that, usually it's the other way around; a one-shot book being expanded into a series for $$).