Factober

Years ago, during a John Grisham phase, I tried to pinpoint exactly why I found Grisham's often predictable legal thrillers quite so comforting. The best answer I could come up with was the frequency with which Grisham tells us that his lead characters are sipping coffee. When it comes to food and drink, predictability can console.

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Memories, real and irreplaceable, all of them. The happy ones, the bitter o

Memories, real and irreplaceable, all of them. The happy ones, the bitter ones, the terrified and the poignant.
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Love is the most powerful gift we have to offer.

Love is the most powerful gift we have to offer.
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Waves of hands, hesitations at street corners, someone dropping a cigarette

Waves of hands, hesitations at street corners, someone dropping a cigarette into the gutter-all are stories. But which is the true story? That I do not know. Hence I keep my phrases hung like clothes in a cupboard, waiting for some one to wear them. Thus
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You have seven writers in your basement?”Donald nods, signing, “They like i

You have seven writers in your basement?”Donald nods, signing, “They like it here. There’s a poet, a couple of novelists, an opera librettist, an essay writer . . . . They don’t usually make much trouble.
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Delving into the past had unveiled a cruel lesson - that in the book of lif

Delving into the past had unveiled a cruel lesson - that in the book of life it is perhaps best not to turn back pages; it was a path on which, whatever direction we took, we'd never be able to choose our own destiny.
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When people mentioned it to me, they thought they were talking about some c

When people mentioned it to me, they thought they were talking about some casual relative of mine. For most people that's what an uncle was. They had no idea how I felt about Finn. No idea that hearing them talk about AIDS, like that was the important par
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The 1790 Naturalization law determined that "free white persons" could natu

The 1790 Naturalization law determined that "free white persons" could naturalize after two years of residency, and established that the children of citizens would also be citizens. Soon after, in 1795, Congress extended the residency period to five years
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Souls reconstructed with faith transform agony into peace.

Souls reconstructed with faith transform agony into peace.
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You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe tha

You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that. Great men, but men. The Machine is much, but not everything.
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However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship

However successful you are, there is no substitute for a close relationship. We all need them.
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...how are you sacred to me? your lines are golden threads - your patter, m

...how are you sacred to me? your lines are golden threads - your patter, my patten - I explore the liturgy of your words...
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It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal

It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.
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