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  • ScottBooks shared from The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
    Analogies give order to the world—and solidarity. Pointing out how one person is like another is reassuring, less lonely. Maybe those who would compare their personal inconveniences to the epic struggles of history are just looking for company, and who wouldn’t want to be in the company of Rosa Parks? On the other hand, perhaps people who compare themselves to Rosa Parks are simply arrogant, pampered nincompoops with delusions of grandeur who couldn’t tell the difference between a paper cut and a decapitation.
    Note: I'll take the 2nd choice .
  • ScottBooks shared from The Partly Cloudy Patriot by Sarah Vowell
    The nice thing about Philadelphia is that no one has moved there to find the good life for over two hundred years.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Five Faces (The Markhat Files Book 8) by Frank Tuttle
    “I want a barrel of gunpowder,” I said. “Maybe two. The most potent stuff you’ve got.” Evis blew a smoke ring. “Just to be clear. You want me to just hand over a dangerous volume of high explosives because you intend to destroy a block or so of private property in an act of ill-considered vengeance. You are entirely unconcerned that doing so might provoke the wrath of one if not more criminal organizations, all on behalf of a deceased canine. Is that correct?” “More or less.” Evis grinned. He grinned a wet, toothy, vampire grin, and then he swung his polished boots up on his...
    Note: Markhat's heart is always in themselves right place.
  • ScottBooks shared from Personal (with bonus short story Not a Drill): A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child
    a chalkboard menu about ninety percent full of things that don’t really belong in coffee, like dairy products of various types and temperatures, and weird nut-based flavorings, and many other assorted pollutants.
    Note: Damn straight.
  • ScottBooks shared from No Land's Man by Aasif Mandvi
    Let me first say that I am a huge fan of profanity. I know many people consider it to be coarse and uncivil and I would agree with them in most cases, but it can also be one of the most powerful tools we humans have to express something that cannot be expressed in any other way. Profanity is the chili pepper of language. If used by an idiot or a clod, it can overwhelm the discourse so the meaning is lost, but if used by a linguistic master chef, it can insert a piquant passion to the point where even though your ears may burn and you may want to rinse your mouth out, you cannot say it doesn’t...
    Note: Damn right.
  • ScottBooks shared from What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
    There’s no material safety data sheet for astatine. If there were, it would just be the word “NO” scrawled over and over in charred blood.
    Note: I love this book.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie
    It’s the small things that hurt the most. The white waitress who wouldn’t take an order, Tonto, the Washington Redskins.
    Note: From a 20 year old book...a fine definition of racism.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Five Faces (The Markhat Files Book 8) by Frank Tuttle
    Chapter One
    Note: Gotta love Tuesday morning preorders!
  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    Most of us, given a pad of paper, a pencil, and a few minutes to think, could come up with a reasonably respectable list of writers who were at work in the 1920s: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, Ezra Pound, and so on.
    Note: Bill has a *much* higher opinion of the great unwashed than I do.
  • ScottBooks shared from Burglars Can't Be Choosers (Bernie Rhodenbarr Series Book 1) by Lawrence Block
    “I thought you never lie.” “I occasionally tell an expeditious untruth.”
    Note: Dialogue like this is why the Burglar books are so much fun.
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