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  • Mike shared from a Personal Document
    I thought about med school again, the anatomy class I had told Jason about. Candice Boone, my one-time almost-fiancée, had shared that class with me. She had been stoic during the dissection but not afterward. A human body, she said, ought to contain love, hate, courage, cowardice, soul, spirit…not this slimy assortment of blue and red imponderables. Yes. And we ought not to be dragged unwilling into a harsh and deadly future. But the world is what it is and won’t be bargained with. I had said as much to Candice. She told me I was “cold.” But it was still the closest thing to wisdom I...
  • Mike shared from How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe: A Novel by Charles Yu
    I don’t miss him anymore. Most of the time, anyway. I want to. I wish I could but unfortunately, it’s true: time does heal. It will do so whether you like it or not, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. If you’re not careful, time will take away everything that ever hurt you, everything you have ever lost, and replace it with knowledge. Time is a machine: it will convert your pain into experience.
    Note: First read this passage years ago and I still remember it clear as day. This book is full of little truths like this one -- I'm rereading it now and loving it again.
  • Mike shared from Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman
    Whatever the details, Stonewall is a genuine American revolution: the authorities took on men in wigs in a bar and all hell broke loose.
  • Mike shared from Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
    “He thinks everything that happens anywhere on Earth is in some way his fault,” she replies. “My brother says it’s some sort of inverted egotism.”