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  • Jason shared from Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles
    I love my job and my New York. I have no doubt that they were the right choices for me. And at the same time, I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss.
    Note: Loved Rules of Civility. Rec'd for lovers of New York, and tales of self-invention (same thing.)
  • Jason shared from Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles
    She jumped out and ran into the Chase National Bank. When she came out ten minutes later she had a sweater over her shoulders and an envelope in her hands. The envelope was filled with cash. —Where’d you get the sweater? —They’ll do anything for me at Chase. She leaned forward. —Driver, take us to the Ritz.
    Note: Banking used to be so chill.
  • Jason shared from Rules of Civility: A Novel by Amor Towles
    And if the porterhouse steak wasn’t thick enough, I stood right there at the counter and watched Mr. Ottomanelli swing his cleaver until he got it right.
    Note: Rules of Civility is full of fun old timey shoutouts.
  • Jason shared from Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
    The deepest vocational question is not "What ought I to do with my life?" It is the more elemental and demanding "Who am I? What is my nature?"
    Note: Have had a @medium post drafted for weeks that was trying to get at this. This is huge.
  • Jason shared from The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
    But of bliss and glad life there is little to be said, before it ends; as works fair and wonderful, while still they endure for eyes to see, are their own record, and only when they are in peril or broken for ever do they pass into song.
    Note: Tolkein is so beautifully melancholy.
  • Jason shared from The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons
    If FNL was MJ’s career, Lyla Garrity’s slam-page episode would be the 63-point game in Boston (the coming-out party), the two-parter with Smash would be the ’91 Finals (when the show’s considerable potential was realized), the story arc where Landry and Tyra killed her stalker was MJ’s baseball career (far-fetched and a complete waste of time) and seasons three and four were like Jordan’s last three title seasons (cementing its reputation as the greatest sports-related drama ever).
    Note: In which @BillSimmons wins my heart forever.
  • Jason shared from The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don't by Nate Silver
    Moody’s estimated the extent to which mortgage defaults were correlated with one another by building a model from past data—specifically, they looked at American housing data going back to about the 1980s.101 The problem is that from the 1980s through the mid-2000s, home prices were always steady or increasing in the United States. Under these circumstances, the assumption that one homeowner’s mortgage has little relationship to another’s was probably good enough.
    Note: Well that seems pretty foolish
  • Jason shared from Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
    The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes: a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a phrase, a woman’s sigh as she passes and leaves on the air a trail of orange flower or rose water; her hand pulling close the bed curtain, the discreet sigh of flesh against flesh.
  • Jason shared from Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
    Note: Good times, the 16th century.
  • Jason shared from Reamde: A Novel by Neal Stephenson
    she even permitted herself a brief excursion into meta/ironical land wondering if anyone else in the world—in history—had been in danger from gangsters, terrorists, and bears in the space of a single week. When would the pirates and dinosaurs show up?
    Note: My problem with REAMDE as summed up by the book itself: