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    • gord downie of tragically hip passed away from brain cancer at age 53
    •   Which is why a competition like this is irrelevant. 
    • I think each years books should be judged on their own merits, with no reference to who or what has won previously.   Having said that, I don't think the Man Booker should have been opened up to American authors - it's not as if they have invited UK & Commonwealth authors to enter their major literary competitions. When the inclusion of American authors was announced various Booker-winning authors claimed that the Americans would sweep the board. Possibly two in a row is a bit soon to accuse them of "sweeping the board",  but if they start to dominate the long & short lists then I fear that fewer books from the British Isles and ex-Commonwealth countries will even be entered,  giving them a free run.  
    • We had our first hard frost last night.  When I got up this morning the roofs were white, so it must have been down to freezing last night.  Autumn is my favourite season, especially if it's sunny, breezy days and cool nights.   Was reading a book by Tess Gerritsen, she writes well, looks like it is going to be a CIA mystery, good so far but bed beckons.
    • (...) The knowledge imposes a pattern, and falsifies,
      For the pattern is new in every moment
      And every moment is a new and shocking
      Valuation of all we have been. We are only undeceived
      Of that which, deceiving, could no longer harm.
      In the middle, not only in the middle of the way
      but all the way, in a dark wood, in a bramble,
      On the edge of a grimpen, where is no secure foothold,
      And menaced by monsters, fancy lights,
      Risking enchantment. Do not let me hear
      Of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly,
      Their fear of fear and frenzy, their fear of possession,
      Of belonging to another, or to others, or to God.
      The only wisdom we can hope to acquire
      Is the wisdom of humility: humility is endless.   The houses are all gone under the sea.   The dancers are all gone under the hill. (...)   From T.S.Eliot, "East Coker" (Four Quartets)
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