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The craziest OkCupid date ever. We’re standing on the side of a highway in Budapest, trying to hitch a ride.

The craziest OkCupid date ever

I’m elegantly dressed for a proper afternoon at the National Gallery in a green embroidered dress and a knotted cotton scarf. Jeff appears to have just walked off the set of a western shot in Brooklyn. His grandfather’s 1950s Stetson, cocked lazily to the side, is accompanied by a pair of fiery red chinos and a striped navy sweater. Both ensembles are looking a little threadbare and with good reason: We’ve worn them every day since we left the Houston airport nearly three weeks ago.

This is not your average OkCupid date. “Should we start walking?” He plays a game of Tetris with the 15 strawberry crates in his trunk, eventually resulting in two narrow canyons of space, just big enough for our bodies. Harry Potter - Chapter by Chapter.

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A Sound of Thunder - Ray Bradbury. The sign on the wall seemed to quaver under a film of sliding warm water.

A Sound of Thunder - Ray Bradbury

Eckels felt his eyelids blink over his stare, and the sign burned in this momentary darkness: Warm phlegm gathered in Eckels' throat; he swallowed and pushed it down. The muscles around his mouth formed a smile as he put his hand slowly out upon the air, and in that hand waved a check for ten thousand dollars to the man behind the desk. My Grandfather Knew Why We Run from the Dark. Add this post to your list of favorites!

My Grandfather Knew Why We Run from the Dark

Rating: 8.6/10 (224 votes cast) I always admired my grandfather’s courage. He had fought in the war on what we nowadays think of as the wrong side, but he had never been a believer in the cause. Sometimes a rifle is pressed in your hand and your choice is either to fire and worry about being shot from the front, or not to fire and be sure that you’ll be shot from behind. He was young when he was drafted, barely 16.


Collected Essays, by George Orwell. From a very early age, perhaps the age of five or six, I knew that when I grew up I should be a writer.

Collected Essays, by George Orwell

Between the ages of about seventeen and twenty-four I tried to abandon this idea, but I did so with the consciousness that I was outraging my true nature and that sooner or later I should have to settle down and write books. I was the middle child of three, but there was a gap of five years on either side, and I barely saw my father before I was eight. For this and other reasons I was somewhat lonely, and I soon developed disagreeable mannerisms which made me unpopular throughout my schooldays.

I had the lonely child’s habit of making up stories and holding conversations with imaginary persons, and I think from the very start my literary ambitions were mixed up with the feeling of being isolated and undervalued. The Allure of the Map. For years, I carried the same map wherever I went.

The Allure of the Map

When I wasn’t travelling, Scotch Tape held it to the back of my bedroom door: it was visible to me when the door was closed, but invisible to almost everyone else. That map moved from dorm rooms to apartments and houses, from the Eastern Shore of Maryland to New England, from New England to the United Kingdom, and back again.


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100 Awesome Social Sites for Bookworms » Online College Search. By Hannah Watson That old stereotype of the quiet bookworm sitting in the corner reading a book while the world passes by is so passe these days.

100 Awesome Social Sites for Bookworms » Online College Search

While there is no doubt those who love books can often be found reading, they are also eager to meet others who share their passion for literature. It’s easier than ever to do so with the popularity of online social networks. The following social sites offer plenty of opportunities for bookworms to unite. Share Your Love of Books Online These social networks offer some of the most popular and some not quite so well known, but all provide a chance to connect with others who love to read. Shelfari. Book Swapping Sites Buying books can be expensive, so join one of these groups to meet others and swap books.

BookCrossing. Innovative and Specialized Book Networks These groups offer either a very specialized topic or an innovate approach to book appreciation. Kindle Forum, Kindle Social Network. Book Recommendations. How To Load Up Your Kindle With Non-Amazon Ebooks. Arabian Nights - Index. This is an extract of one of the earliest translations of the "Arabian Nights" into English, made by Sir Richard Francis Burton.

Arabian Nights - Index

I got the "flat" ASCII text from a gopher server that has been unavailable for some years now. I have no idea who scanned/typed the text. This extract is not nearly complete. Blue Fairy Book. The Oscar Wilde Collection - StumbleUpon.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Download Free eBook. Lord Henry elevated his eyebrows, and looked at him in amazement through the thin blue wreaths of smoke that curled up in such fanciful whorls from his heavy opium-tainted cigarette.

The Picture of Dorian Gray - Download Free eBook

‘Not send it anywhere? Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven - Basil Rathbone. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Illustrated by Gustave Doré. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Chapter One A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY. The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. 4 Paradise Lost in Plain English.