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Reads tagged with “lists”

Barthes’s Likes and Dislikes, Illustrated
Barthes’s Likes and Dislikes, Illustrated

Champagne over strawberries, Glenn Gould over Vivaldi, romantic music over fidelity, and no telephoning.

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Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers
Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, Le Guin, Woolf, and other titans of literature.

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The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866
The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866

“In disputes upon moral or scientific points, ever let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”

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How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life
How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

“We must gain victory, not by assaulting the walls, but by accepting them.”

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Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader
Vladimir Nabokov on What Makes a Good Reader

“A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.”

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Original Mad Man David Ogilvy on the 10 Qualities of Creative Leaders
Original Mad Man David Ogilvy on the 10 Qualities of Creative Leaders

The rare talents of trust, gusto, and guts under pressure.

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Susan Sontag on Why Lists Appeal to Us, Plus Her Listed Likes and Dislikes
Susan Sontag on Why Lists Appeal to Us, Plus Her Listed Likes and Dislikes

How lists confer value and guarantee existence.

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The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing
The Writer’s Technique in Thirteen Theses: Walter Benjamin’s Timeless Advice on Writing

“The more circumspectly you delay writing down an idea, the more maturely developed it will be on surrendering itself.”

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9 Rules for Success by the Victorian Novelist Amelia E. Barr
9 Rules for Success by the Victorian Novelist Amelia E. Barr

“Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry… For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.”

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How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word
How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word

“The most damning revelation you can make about yourself is that you do not know what is interesting and what is not.”

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