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Quotes from Drive (the book), by James Sallis

Published mars 24th, 2012 by
Drive, by James Sallis. Image via Amazon.com

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My father was eighty-six per cent white bread and hundred per cent asshole.


… she went after his old man with butcher and bread knives, one in each fist like a ninja in a red-checked apron. She had one ear off and a wide red mouth drawn in his throat before he could set his coffee cup down. Driver watched, then went on eating his sandwich: Spam and mint jelly on toast.

– You really that sure of yourself, kid?
-Yes.
– Good. You want any kind of life out here, you even expect to survive, not get eaten up, used up, you damn well better be.

“We were married for about ten minutes. His name is Standard Guzman. First time I met him I asked. ‘Well, is there a deluxe Guzman somewhere around?’ and he just looked at me, didn’t get it at all. ”

He tossed the fortune cookie in the Dumpster. Even if the damn thing held the gospel truth, who in his right mind would want to know? -Bernie Rose

Had he changed, or had the world changed around him? Some days he barely recognized it. Like he’d been dropped off in a spaceship and was only going through the motions, trying to fit in, doing his best imitation of someone who belonged down here. Everything had gone so cheap and gaudy and hollow. -Bernie Rose

Movie versus book

I didn’t really like the movie Drive very much, but bought the paperback to have something to read during takeoff and landing on a recent trip to Berlin. It’s a quick read, and gives more backstory to the main character Driver, who feels a little one, or actually NO-dimensional in the movie.

It tells about his childhood, how he built his career as a stuntdriver, and about heists gone wrong. The movie seems almost like a sidestory to the book, there are so many things left out or changed. Recommended. Also available for Kindle.

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Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac, Mad to be saved

Published mars 3rd, 2012 by
Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

“But then they danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!'”

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

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Les denne: A Short History of Nearly Everything av Bill Bryson

Published oktober 13th, 2011 by

Illustrerte sitater fra en fantastisk lydbok jeg hører på for tiden, anbefales på det varmeste. Sjekk også ut min korte liste med Kindle-bøker du MÅ lese.

Wherever you go in the world, whatever animal, plant, bug or blob you look at, if it is alive, it will use the same dictionary and know the same code. All life is one. – Matt Ridley


It’s done, by VinothChandar (CC

Remarkably, we are quite closely related to fruit and vegetables. About half the chemical functions that take place in a banana are fundamentally the same as the chemical functions that take place in you.

Andrea

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Poontang, by Charles Willeford

First experience borrowing an ebook via Amazon

Published mars 27th, 2011 by

Poontang, by Charles Willeford

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, The first book borrowed from Amazon. Kind of aweful actually :)


I’ve read a surprising amount of Kindle ebooks from Amazon during the last two years, usually in bed on the tiny iPhone screen, tucked under the covers so not to disturb my wife. But today I borrowed an ebook for the first time, via Booklending.com, one of several websites that mediate borrowing and lending between Kindle customers.

The feature was introduced on Amazon as a new years gift last year, but I haven’t had time to test it until now.

Amazon only allows US customers to lend out books, but foreigners like me can borrow books, and Booklending.com was the first site I testet that let me borrow. (Update: Lendle.me says on it’s signupscreen that its only available to US citizens, but I had no problem signing up and borrowing from them).

How it works

Testing Booklending.com

The whole experience is a bit strange. All titles that I searched for on Booklending.com were unavailable for borrowing, so I had to settle with browsing the list of recent loans. This brought back memories of using the library, walking around randomly not knowing what hides between the covers of a book. But I’m uncertain if that actually is a good thing; having to settle for a title that simply is available, instead of something you really want to read? The thing about instant availablity (for pay) is that it makes us really impatient and focused on quality.

Booklending.com summary:

Positive

Negative

Improvements

The old way to lend and borrow

Before the launch of Amazon lending last year, there was another, totally useless way to share books with your friends. Compare the how-to video below to the new functions from booklending.com or lendle.me. Lending and borrowing is certainly getting easier:

Closing of with the title poem from the book (warning, several kinds of aweful!)

Poontang, by Charles Willeford, from 1967

Should I unfold this wrinkled flower?
This self-righteous vowel;
This lingering line;
This spurious spondee?
Hard on, hard
Upon the rose-webbed tarn of love,
The black lines are man-made,
The coral lines are contours,
And the blue lines are dank with
blood.

O sere, dry leatherlips,
Hawking into the sink at night,
I cannot fly with these.
Instead:-
The encounter and the countering,
The dotted-swiss dress,
The roseate blush and nights of
contact
Dancing-
The sugared soil of tendered green.
Letting love in as well as out,
Let these be these.

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