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LIT 140: Wicked

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire

» all souls are hostages to their human envelopes, but souls must decay and suffer at such indignity

» no one knows the color of a soul

» she reasoned that because she was beautiful she was significant

» there [is] something vulgar about traveling in jewels…the overdressed traveler betrays more interest in being seen than in seeing.

» while the *true* traveler knows that the novel world about her serves as the most appropriate accessory.

» like teachers, if ministers are effective, they’re good at asking questions to get you to think. [not necessarily] to have answers.

» someone w/ a real religious conviction is, I propose, a religious *convict*, & deserves locking up

» the family was always bright, & brightness…decays brilliantly. madness is the most shining way.

» at it’s most elemental, a spell is no more than a recipe for change

» a tenderer, complacent mind…the softer, more bruisable aspect, the private intention, the surrendering self

» the word *immoral* [when used by]…the young it is ridiculous, the old it is sententious…the middle-aged it is hypocritical.

» poetry is the highest form of self deception

» I never use the words humanist or humanitarian, as it seems that to be human is to be capable of the most heinous crimes in nature

» is it just that the world unwraps itself to you, again & again, as soon as your are ready to see it anew?

» the benefit of a uniform [is] that one need not struggle to be unique

» as women [wear] cologne, men [wear] proofs: to secure their own sense of themselves, and thus to be attractive

» forgiveness blesses the donor as well as the receiver

» elegant attenuated drawings in blood red & gold leaf, on the elevations of an angel, w/ notes on the aerodynamic aspects of holiness

» those brash, brave days of youthful blunder

» the more civilized we become, the more horrendous our entertainments

» poets are just as responsible for empire building as any other professional hacks

» people who claim they’re evil are usually no worse than the rest of us. it’s people who claim they’re good…that you have to be wary of.

» [is it] immoral to raise children in the habit of hope

» a more ancient precedent of ransom, that we may not always be tormented by our shame

» always the godfather, never the god

» the body apologizer apologizes to the soul for its errors, and the soul asks forgiveness for squatting in the body without invitation

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LIT 140: Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie
by Mitch Albom


» kissing…good-bye earn[s] you extra credit

» tension of opposites: life is a series of pulls back & forth. like a pull on a rubber band. which side wins? love wins. love always wins.

» the key to finding meaning in life is to stop taking out the garbage

» why are we embarrassed by silence? what comfort do we find in all the noise?

» you don’t need speech or hearing to feel [friendship]

» without love, we are birds with broken wings

» offering others what you have to give. …your time. your concern. your storytelling.

» one cannot be spared the grief of loss by grieving before loss

» in the beg of life… [&] the end of life, you need others to survive, right? but here’s the secret: in between, we need others as well.

» “I’m bargaining with Him up there now. I’m asking Him, ‘do I get to be one of the angels?'”

» have you ever really had a teacher? 1 who saw you as a raw but precious thing, a jewel that, w/ wisdom, could be polished to a proud shine?

1 more inspired by the relevance of local events

» “death ends a life, not a relationship.” – Tuesdays with Morrie … adieu @AzBill

and the wisdom of another on the impending loss of my grandmother 

» one cannot be spared the grief of loss by grieving before loss


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LIT 140: The Alchemist

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho


1st reading

» the lake into which Narcissus drowned weeps for him, for it was in the depths of his eyes that she sees her own beauty reflected

» intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into life’s universal currents, where histories & knowledges of all peoples are connected

» people need not dear fear the unknown so long as they are capable of achieving what they need & want

» when you cannot go back, you have only to worry about the best way of moving forward. the rest is up to Allah, including the danger.

» when it is not a battle of good & evil, but for the balance of power, it will last longer than others – because Allah is on both side

2nd reading

» one is loved because one is loved. no reason is needed for loving.


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