Tag Archives: Books and Literature

Tao Te Ching

The Tao Te Ching is one of the more easily understood of the Eastern texts, and I found a wonderful site that makes it available in several different translations:  https://taoteching.org.uk/

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Not every day.

Howard Stern Comes Again, ©2019, is a collection of transcripts of what Stern considers his best interviews over the last several years.  The excerpt below with Paul McCartney is from January 14, 2009: Howard:  I haven’t spoken to you since George Harrison died. How are you doing with that? That’s got to be major. Paul:  …

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Restless, miserable, frustrated creatures

“We clutter the earth with our inventions, never dreaming that possibly they are unnecessary…or disadvantageous. We devise astounding means of communication, but do we communicate with one another? We move our bodies to and fro at incredible speeds, but do we really leave the spot we started from? Mentally, morally, spiritually, we are fettered. What …

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Freddie

It’s hard to write a charming children’s fable about death, but Leo Buscaglia gave it his best effort. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf can be read online HERE. (Side note: the linked site does have some troubling, xenophobic aspects to it, mixed in with the more useful stories and content. So be aware.)

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Of Course

“I wanted to write so that I would have something interesting to read, for while everything I read was quite good, some of it wonderful, I believed that I would write better, and so of course it turned out to be.”  ~William Saroyan There are people in this world who suffer from low self-esteem.  William …

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Just Sitting and Being Alive

Excerpted from The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the autobiography of William Saroyan, © 1952: Water to an Armenian is a holy thing, like fire. A farmer watering his plants, trees, or vines is taking part in a rite which has profound meaning and satisfaction for him. The farmers of Fresno went to the headgates …

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The anxiety and fear that was plainly showing

In this excerpt from his memoir The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, William Saroyan relates a memory of his mother’s from when his family crossed the Atlantic to America, c. 1888: My mother also remembered an Assyrian woman on the boat from Havre to New York, in steerage. This woman helped my mother take care …

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But He Is Also

Excerpted from The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the autobiography of Armenian writer William Saroyan, © 1952: It is necessary to remember and necessary to forget, but it is better for a writer to remember.  It is necessary for him to live purposely, which is to say to live and to remember having done so.  …

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Diligent and Unprotesting

Excerpted from the essay The Oz Books by Gore Vidal, ©1976: Essentially, our educators are Puritans who want to uphold the Puritan work ethic.  This is done by bringing up American children in such a way that they will take their place in society as diligent workers and unprotesting consumers.  Any sort of literature that …

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Furniture and Ornaments and Games

Excerpted from The Emerald City by L. Frank Baum, ©1910: Altogether there were more than half a million people in the Land of Oz– although some of them, as you will soon learn, were not made of flesh and blood as we are– and every inhabitant of that favored country was happy and prosperous. There …

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Dreamers

“Show us a dreaming boy (or girl) at home with a book, and we will show you a potential troublemaker.”  ~Gore Vidal

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Subtly Censoring Content

“Let us consider two authors (Edgar Rice Burroughs and L. Frank Baum) whose works were burned in our American society during the past seventy years.  Librarians and teachers did the burning very subtly by not buying.  And not buying is as good as burning.  Yet, the authors survived.”  ~Ray Bradbury All of L. Frank Baum’s …

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