1. The Mayor of CasterbridgeXVI-XXXIThomas Hardy From afar the first thing one notices is the gaze of…

    The Mayor of Casterbridge
    XVI-XXXI
    Thomas Hardy

    From afar the first thing one notices is the gaze of the young man upon the young woman. Young man and woman the most fitting terms here in this moment, as both at this moment flirt with the complications of adulthood while still basking in the ignorance of youth. For her part, the girl is looking away, and sitting at more of a distance than one might…

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  2. A Million Little PiecesPages 1 – 105James Frey The rain on the plastic roof made conversation…

    A Million Little Pieces
    Pages 1 – 105
    James Frey

    The rain on the plastic roof made conversation awkward. I read because it was more interesting than human interaction.
    Lana changed positions so that her head was hanging off the end of the bed closest to Pierre, her breasts dangling in front of him.
    He got up to get some wine.
    Where’d you get this wine?
    She got it. Lana pointed to me. In San Marcos.

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  3. Faust: Part One translated by Randall JarrellOutside the City Gate – Auerbach’s Cellar in…

    Faust: Part One translated by Randall Jarrell
    Outside the City Gate – Auerbach’s Cellar in Leipzig
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    They are loud outside her room. Her curtains closed, they see her outline with the light of her study. It seems, in adulthood, she retreats to be alone. Conversation in groups tires, and she knows not how to escape it with grace. For this, she avoids it. For shyness also,…

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  4. The Something Else that Racism Became

    The Something Else that Racism Became

    Emotional Intelligence
    Ch.10: Managing with Heart
    Daniel Coleman

    The Something Else that Racism Became

    “I would never date a black guy,” the teenager said.

    “Neither would I.”

    The teacher was helping a student and preferred to stay out of conversations but couldn’t. “That’s very racist,” she said, without thinking.

    “How is that racist? I’m just saying that I wouldn’t date a black guy. I’m not saying…

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  5. Goodnight Nobody“Major Drill” to “Baby”Ethel Rohan The giant ant moved its long legs over to my…

    Goodnight Nobody
    “Major Drill” to “Baby”
    Ethel Rohan

    The giant ant moved its long legs over to my side of the table and I tossed my apple core onto the floor. It crawled to my wineglass, unphased.

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  6. Lack of Security

    Karmic Connections
    Hopping Around
    Judy Hall

    Lack of Security
    She studied his framed image: the overgrown facial hair, the way he lifted and did not return the edge of his shirt to scratch his belly, the unflattering angle that gave him a double chin where none usually existed.

    He could tell she was dissatisfied, though she was careful to remain expressionless. He pushed his face into the camera and…

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  7. On Not being Alone

    On Not being Alone

    The Stranger: Matthew Ward Translation
    The last chapter through the end
    Albert Camus

    On Not Being Alone
    In the rectory I said silently, I feel so alone, with my hands clasped and knees pressed into the pew. I did not know I was going to say this. I was looking at the large painting of Guatemalan life divided into quadrants– two bleak, two sunny and bleak– with Jesus, his arms outstretched,…

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  8. Let’s Call it Love

    Let’s Call it Love

    Fjords vol. 1:
    “What Would Kill Me” to “Terrible Deer”
    Zachary Schomburg

    Let’s Call it Love
    Under here I am a princess with a huge head. Veiled, I am the world’s mascot. I am naked under the veil, but only if my naked body is something I enjoy looking at in the mirror. The veil protects me, but also it is very beautiful. Beauty is important. For the world. So a veiled, good-to-look-at body walking…

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  9. Things I know

    Fjords vol. 1:
    “Airplane” to “Unkind Swans”
    Zachary Schomburg

    Things I Know
    The thing I know is that when we were sitting on that hill and I was wearing the beetle earrings you bought me, I hated your tongue in my mouth. The thing I know is that I loved you most at the bookstore, when I looked up at you from the children’s section where I had found a tiny blue stool and we smiled above our…

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  10. The Very Opposite

    Fjords vol. 1:
    “Airplane” to “Unkind Swans”
    Zachary Schomburg

    The Very Opposite
    There has never been a better time for this than now, she said aloud. The boy looked at his toe on the tiled floor. The feeling was of one of distrust. Also disappointment. She sighed extra audibly even though he was directly in front of her and there was no one else in the room to hear. He was expecting something else.…

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