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  • Fred shared from Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) by Patrick Modiano
    In my memory, that smile remains Roger Vincent’s main attribute: it was always playing about his lips. Roger Vincent bathed in that smile, which was distant and dreamy rather than jovial, and which enveloped him like a very light mist. There was something muffled about that smile, as about his voice and bearing. Roger Vincent never made any noise. You never heard him coming, and when you turned around, there he was behind you. From the window of our room, we sometimes saw him arrive at the wheel of his American car. It stopped in front of the house like a speedboat with its motor cut off, carried...
    Note: How Nobel laureates write.
  • Fred shared from Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) by Patrick Modiano
    That evening, we had walked by his hotel and continued on toward the Carrefour Montparnasse. He no longer knew which man he was. He told me that after a certain number of years, we accept a truth that we’ve intuited but kept hidden from ourselves, out of carelessness or cowardice: a brother, a double died in our stead on an unknown date and in an unknown place, and his shadow ends up merging with us.
    Note: This will make you think, if you're an obsessive person like me.
  • Fred shared from Suspended Sentences: Three Novellas (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) by Patrick Modiano
    Colette is leaning against the front door of a private townhouse, hands in the pockets of her raincoat. Every time I look at that picture, it hurts. It’s like in the morning when you try to recall your dream from the night before, but all that’s left are scraps that dissolve before you can put them together. I knew that woman in another life and I’m doing my best to remember. Maybe someday I’ll manage to break through that layer of silence and amnesia.
    Note: Starting a book by Patrick Modiano, the Nobel laureate.
  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    The Beatles’ ambiguous status was part of their appeal and their power. Fans saw them as “kids” and related to them as such; but they also saw them as “adults” with adult authority. This dual-perception added to the Beatles’ power as role models, making the film a significant factor in the band’s consolidation of cultural influence.
    Note: Role models, yes, but don't underestimate the significance of the music they were creating.
  • Fred shared from Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World by Candy Leonard
    Fans saw that these guys didn’t have to go anywhere to have fun; they somehow brought the fun with them.
    Note: So obvious.
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Fred Lugar