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theparisreview:

Once he’d graduated from the Sorbonne, Balzac took an internship at a Paris law firm. “An intern is to the Civil Service what a choirboy is to the Church, or what an army child is to his Regiment, or what rats and sidekicks are to Theatres: innocent, gullible, and blinded by illusions,” he wrote in 1841’s The Physiology of the Employee.

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macleansmag:

A peek inside the Mordecai Richler Reading Room at Concordia University - now home to the legendary Canadian author’s more than 5,000 books.

Richler’s books and personal possessions were donated by his family, and came from his cottage on Lake Memphremagog, in Quebec’s Eastern Townships — the place where Richler, who died in 2001, did some of his most important writing.

Writes his son, Jacob Richler, in this story for Maclean’s:

"His top-floor office there was vast and airy, spread out behind an enormous picture window four frames wide that afforded a perfect vantage of the length of Sargent’s Bay. Had you seen it you would likely have assumed that the glorious view had much to do with the comfort and serenity he found working there. But really it was about the peace and quiet. The view was secondary. A closer look at the place revealed that his desk faced away from the window; when his gaze lifted from his typewriter he saw only a wall of books."

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housingworksbookstore:

Happy Canada Day!
Comic by one of my favorite Canadians, Kate Beaton.

housingworksbookstore:

Happy Canada Day!

Comic by one of my favorite Canadians, Kate Beaton.

— 3 days ago with 265 notes
carolinaperez-art:

'Dark Waterfall'
Photography By Carolina Perez

carolinaperez-art:

'Dark Waterfall'

Photography By Carolina Perez

(via halfhauntings)

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beingmemm:

Felted Anatomy

Artist: Dan Beckemeyer

(via artistjournals)

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theparisreview:

What not to do during Banned Books Week: ban seven books. After a tense board-meeting, a high school in Highland Park, Texas, has demanded its students to stop reading The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Working Poor: Invisible in America; Siddhartha; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; An Abundance of Katherines; The Glass Castle: A Memoir; and Song of Solomon. “Parents and grandparents brought books flagged with sticky notes. They read excerpts of sex scenes, references to homosexuality, a description of a girl’s abduction, and a passage that criticized capitalism.” (Most of which you can find in a given issue of The Paris Review—lock up your daughters.)
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theparisreview:

What not to do during Banned Books Week: ban seven books. After a tense board-meeting, a high school in Highland Park, Texas, has demanded its students to stop reading The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Working Poor: Invisible in America; Siddhartha; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian; An Abundance of Katherines; The Glass Castle: A Memoir; and Song of Solomon. “Parents and grandparents brought books flagged with sticky notes. They read excerpts of sex scenes, references to homosexuality, a description of a girl’s abduction, and a passage that criticized capitalism.” (Most of which you can find in a given issue of The Paris Review—lock up your daughters.)

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— 1 week ago with 749 notes