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June 24 2015

19:21
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Mitchell voted for “Ebooks (Kindle, Nook, etc.)” in the poll What kind of book do you usually read on vacation?.

June 23 2015

20:57

June 07 2015

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May 31 2015

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May 26 2015

13:52
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill Mitchell gave 5 stars to Dept. of Speculation (Hardcover) by Jenny Offill
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Speedboat by Renata Adler Mitchell wants to read Speedboat by Renata Adler
13:51
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
"I underlined basically the entire novel."

May 24 2015

12:00

May 19 2015

14:06
Mitchell liked a quote
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A child's reading is guided by pleasure, but his pleasure is undifferentiated; he cannot distinguish, for example, between aesthetic pleasure and the pleasures of learning or daydreaming. In adolescence we realize that there are different kinds of pleasure, some of which cannot be enjoyed simultaneously, but we need help from others in defining them. Whether it be a matter of taste in food or taste in literature, the adolescent looks for a mentor in whose authority he can believe. He eats or reads what his mentor recommends and, inevitably, there are occasions when he has to deceive himself a little; he has to pretend that he enjoys olives or War and Peace a little more than he actually does. Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity. Few of us c A child's reading is guided by pleasure, but his pleasure is undifferentiated; he cannot distinguish, for example, between aesthetic pleasure and the pleasures of learning or daydreaming. In adolescence we realize that there are different kinds of pleasure, some of which cannot be enjoyed simultaneously, but we need help from others in defining them. Whether it be a matter of taste in food or taste in literature, the adolescent looks for a mentor in whose authority he can believe. He eats or reads what his mentor recommends and, inevitably, there are occasions when he has to deceive himself a little; he has to pretend that he enjoys olives or War and Peace a little more than he actually does. Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty to outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity. Few of us can learn this without making mistakes, without trying to become a little more of a universal man than we are permitted to be. It is during this period that a writer can most easily be led astray by another writer or by some ideology. When someone between twenty and forty says, apropos of a work of art, 'I know what I like,'he is really saying 'I have no taste of my own but accept the taste of my cultural milieu', because, between twenty and forty, the surest sign that a man has a genuine taste of his own is that he is uncertain of it. After forty, if we have not lost our authentic selves altogether, pleasure can again become what it was when we were children, the proper guide to what we should read. ...moreW. H. Auden

May 17 2015

12:00

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May 10 2015

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May 09 2015

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May 03 2015

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April 30 2015

02:23

April 29 2015

18:58

April 28 2015

20:41
JR by William Gaddis Mitchell wants to read JR by William Gaddis
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The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim Mitchell is 86% done with <a href="/book/show/18228313-the-corpse-exhibition">The Corpse Exhibition</a>.
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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Mitchell wants to read A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
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