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  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from The Twenty-Seventh City: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) by Jonathan Franzen
    In any system devisable by mortals under lobbying pressure, taxes were bound to hit the unprivileged harder than the privileged, the exact nature of the unfairness depending only on who happened to be privileged at any given moment. The world would either end in a nuclear holocaust, or else not end in a nuclear holocaust. Washington would uphold repressive regimes overseas unless it decided not to, in which case communism would spread, unless it didn’t. And so on. All political platforms were identical in their inadequacy, their inability to alter the cosmic order.
    Note: I've been lukewarm on this book, but this passage near the end has great merit.
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from a Personal Document
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from Family Life: A Novel by Akhil Sharma
    When I did my prayers, I traced an om, a crucifix, a Star of David onto the carpet by pressing against the pile. Beneath these I drew an S inside an upside-down triangle, for Superman. It seemed to me we should flatter anyone who could help.
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
    There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe that they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do.
  • TrudgingTheRoad shared from American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Novel by Neil Gaiman
    She patted him on the arm. “You’re fucked up, mister. But you’re cool.” “I believe that’s what they call the human condition,” said Shadow.
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