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“Vicious Circle,” a poem by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (today is his birthday!)

Vicious Circle (translated by Frederic G. William)

  The firefly danced in the air impatiently: "Oh how I wish that I could be that yellow, That burns in the eternal blue, a candle far!" And yet the star gazed on the moon with jealousy:   "If only I could copy such transparency, Which, from the Grecian column to the Gothic sill, Has contemplated lovers' faces sighingly!" And yet the moon gazed on the sun with...
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"I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment." - Richard Scarry (June 5, 1919 - May 30, 1994), author of Little Golden Books and the Busy Town series
It was a pleasure to read this introduction to the life and works of Jean-Paul Sartre. I have now worked on several volumes for TCLC and CLC. This is one of the best introductions that I have reviewed thus far. The author explains all of the basic tenets of Sartre’s philosophy in a clear and cogent way. — Keith Moser, Ph.D., Mississippi State University
"First of all, I would like to commend the freelance writer for the excellent introduction to the life and works of Georges Perec. This well-written and concise overview is an invaluable pedagogical tool for understanding the extremely diverse works of one of the most important and eccentric French writers of the twentieth century." — Keith Moser, Ph.D., Mississippi State University

Happy Birthday to Alice B. Toklas

"What is sauce for the goose may be sauce for the gander but is not necessarily sauce for the chicken, the duck, the turkey or the guinea hen." — Alice B. Toklas (April 30, 1877 - March 7, 1967)
Alice B. Toklas is mostly known as the life partner and muse of American expatriate Gertrude Stein. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas is in fact not...
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